This section is designed to be a basic interpretation of the regulations. For the exact regulations visit FAA.Gov or check with one of the FAA Medical Examiners.
Before scheduling your first lesson you should at least do a self-assessment of your physical condition. There are certain guidelines required by the FAA regarding physical fitness that must be met before you can become a pilot. A private pilot requires a third class medical certificate issued by a FAA Medical Examiner. Refer to our FAA Medical Examiner page for a list of FAA Medical Examiners in our area.
Requirements to obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate:
Distant and near vision of 20/40 or better in each eye with or without correction.
No eye conditions that are aggravated by flying.
Ability to detect certain colors critical to safe flight.
Ear, Nose, Throat and Equilibrium
You must be able to hear normal voice conversation at a distance of 6 feet away using both ears.
Hear certain tones to acceptable levels.
Have no disease or condition that effects your ability to communicate or effects your equillibrium.
No medical history or diagnosis of psychosis, delusions, hallucinations, grossly bizarre or disorganized behavior, or other commonly accpeted symptoms of this condition.
Certain substance dependencies.
No substance abuse within the preceeding two years.
Certain cardiovascular conditions or diagnosis.
General Medical Condition
No uncontrolled diabetes that require insulin.
Any condition or diagnosis that would effect safe flight.