FAA Physical - Montgomery Medical Clinic
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FAA Physical

What is an FAA Physical and who needs one?

FAA physicals are required by the Federal Aviation Administration as a prerequisite to obtaining the required FAA medical certificate. These physicals must be conducted by an authorized Aviation Medical Examiners (AME). Dr. Efi Kessous is an authorized AME.


There are three classes of FAA physicals: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Currently, Montgomery Medical Clinic offers ONLY 2nd and 3rd class certificates. 1st class certificate is generally needed for commercial airline pilots.


Anyone exercising the privileges of the following certificates are required to undergo an FAA physical:


  • Airline transport pilot
  • Commercial pilot
  • Private pilot
  • Recreational pilot
  • Flight instructor
  • Flight engineer
  • Flight navigator
  • Student pilot
  • Aviation support personnel required to undergo an FAA physical exam

How should I prepare for my FAA physical?

To ensure that your physical goes smoothly, you’ll want to register an account on the FAA’s MedXPress system and complete the appropriate electronic form. During the physical, you can expect to take a hearing test, a vision test, and an echocardiogram (for a first class physical). You will also be asked to provide a urine sample.


It is also recommended that you review the FAA’s full list of minimum requirements as well as the AMAS Medication Database if you are currently taking any medication.

How often does my FAA physical need to be repeated?

Depending on your age and the type of medical certificate that you have, you will need to repeat the FAA physical anywhere from every 6 months to every 60 months. Find the expiration period for your certificate.

Montgomery Medical Clinic is proud to work with the Washington International Flight Academy in Washington, DC area.