Pilots must meet specific physical and mental standards as determined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.) At Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center in Grapevine, Texas, Carleo Capili, MD, and Regina Capili, MD, offer thorough FAA exams that allow you to be eligible to receive your pilot’s license. Call the office or book an appointment online for your FAA screening.

FAA Medical Exam

What is the FAA examination?

Pilots are required to meet mental and physical standards to receive their license to fly most aircraft. This ensures the safety of passengers and other aircraft operators. The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center examine you according to senior aviation medical exam standards. When you pass, you’re issued a medical certificate indicating that you have met the standards required for you to be eligible to fly.

Who should undergo the FAA examination?

Anyone who intends to fly an aircraft must undergo an aviation medical exam. This includes:

  • Pilots in command
  • Crew members
  • Student pilots

Some other FAA employees, such as air traffic controllers, also need to pass the medical examination. Some employers require you to meet FAA examination standards if you work as a maritime operator. If you’re not sure if you need an FAA examination, check with your company.

What happens during an FAA examination?

Exams generally include a check of your eyesight, including your nearsightedness, farsightedness, color vision, and peripheral vision. You’ll also undergo a hearing test.

The doctor discusses any specific health issues you have, reviews medications you’re taking, and completes a general physical exam. You’ll have a urinalysis to check for blood or protein in your urine that can indicate a health condition. The doctor checks your blood pressure and asks questions about your mental health.

How do I schedule an FAA examination?

Call the office or book online to schedule your FAA examination. The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center provide comprehensive pilot exams and a variety of class exams.

What should I bring to an FAA examination?

Prior to your appointment, complete the online form 8500-8 and write down the MedExpress confirmation number you’re assigned after submitting your form. Bring along a government-issued ID, such as your driver’s license or passport.

If you’re required to wear prescription lenses during flight, bring them with you. Be aware that insurance cannot be billed for flight physicals.

To schedule your FAA medical exam and get your certificate, call the office of Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center or book an appointment using this website.