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If you are a pilot of any kind, maintaining your health is vital to keeping your license to operate aircraft of any kind, from large commercial jets to smaller private planes. Part of your license recertification process involves undergoing a specialized exam to check for any new medical conditions that can interfere with your ability to operate an aircraft safely, performed by a board-certified physician. Before your examination, you will need to take a few steps to prepare.
Before your BasicMed Flight Physical, you will need to complete the FAA self-assessment form, as well as the AOPA Online Medical Education course. You will need to check the requirements of FAR 61.56 to make sure you meet the required standards, as well as what is needed to meet instrument and flight proficiency certifications. After these steps have been completed, you will need to schedule an appointment with a doctor licensed to perform the examination.
Your doctor will go over your medical history during your appointment, including past and present physical and mental conditions that may affect your ability to fly, before performing a physical exam. If any tests need to be performed for your certification, they will be taken during your appointment. Your doctor will ask about both prescription and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking, as well as any side effects you may have experienced. The doctor will use the results of your physical to complete a checklist provided by the state that will clear the pilot safe for flight, declaring them safe.
If you are a pilot in need of a physical for recertification of your license, visit your local AFC Urgent Care Center for an exam. Our center can be contacted by calling (732) 583-5100 for more information about BasicMed Flight Physicals.