FAA Pilot Certification

Pilots FAA Medical Certificate
1st Class, 2nd Class 3rd Class

Dr. Mark Crissman is an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) authorized to administer qualifying physical examinations for both private and commercial pilots performing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class physicals.  Dr Crissman is an instrument rated pilot.
We use the FAA MedXPress system exclusively. If you do not use the online system there is an additional $25 administrative charge.

The FAA MedXPress system allows anyone requiring an FAA Medical Certificate or Student Pilot Medical Certificate to electronically complete the FAA Form 8500-8. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available for your AME to review at the time of your medical examination. The process is very simple if all of the information (such as family history, etc.) is provided. (Note: The FAA MedXPress system is not available for submission of FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist exams at this time.)

To begin entering your information please click below.
Remember you must receive a confirmation number to complete the process. Please bring your confirmation number with you to your physical.

Click here for FAA MedExpress

Can you file with your insurance for your flight physical? The short answer is yes.   However, there are differences in the physical examination for the FAA and a standard health maintenance exam. As you can imagine, the FAA’s primary concern is with health factors that will affect flight operations; they are not concerned with those health assessments - such as immunization status, routine laboratory tests or cancer screening (PSA, colonoscopy, mammography, Pap tests, etc.) that are a routine part of a standard physical exam.

Dr. Crissman will happily do both physicals at the same time.  If so, we will be able to fill out appropriate forms and bill your insurance. If I only do the FAA exam no insurance will be filed. We will only bill insurance when we also do a health maintenance exam at the same time as the FAA exam. In other words, if you’re getting your FAA physical exam, you can get your regular health maintenance physical too. Many airmen regard Dr. Crissman as both their family doctor and their Aviation Medical Examiner (AME); there are also some who prefer to have separate physicians fill these roles. In either case, you will still need a family physician to take care of your general medical needs.

What if I have hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc?

I frequently get asked about various medical conditions, and how they affect getting a medical. If we do the process correctly we can get very complex medical conditions approved. The FAA has very clear standards that we have to meet for medical conditions. The FAA website is where I go for the information. Type in a condition in the search bar at the top right and a search of the FAA site will show you the response of the FAA.

The process is very simple if all of the information is provided leaving out even seemingly minor information such as family history will stop the process until that information is provided.

Below are some common conditions and links to the required information we have to provide.

The following lists the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners Disease Protocols, and course of action that should be taken by the Examiner as defined by aeromedical decision considerations.

Click on condition for link.

Aerospace Medical Dispositions
Click on any of the following Aerospace Medical Dispositions to access the most common conditions of aeromedical significance, and course of action that should be taken by the Examiner as defined by the protocol and disposition.

For other medical issues use the search guide page.

Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners


I frequently get asked about medication and if the FAA approves them.  The pharmaceuticals link above, provides good information. The AOPA (you must be a member to use)  has a list, but the caveats both in the FAA site and AOPA site must be considered.