• Middle River Aviation


Updated: Mar 28, 2019

In case you weren’t aware of the FAA’s current medical regulations for pilots or a FAA medical certificate, our Middle River Aviation pilots have all the updates you need to know in today’s blog! If you aren’t familiar with all the medical regulations pilots must have or follow, we are here to help inform our students of such changes or highlights.

To start, a medical certificate from the Federal Aviation Association is valid for five years for pilots under the age of 40 and two years for pilots at the age of 40 or over. Starting May 1, 2017, pilots can take advantage of either the regulatory relief in the Basic Med rule or choose to continue to utilize their FAA medical certificate for flights.

Why do I need a medical certificate to fly?

We suggest you get your medical certificate before beginning flight training. This will alert you to any condition that would prevent you from becoming a pilot before you pay for lessons.

When will I need a medical certificate?

You need a medical certificate before flying solo in an airplane, helicopter, gyroplane, or airship.

Must I carry my medical certificate when I am flying solo?


Most Updated Medical Regulation Highlights You Should Know

Pilot Eligibility Pilots must hold a valid U.S. driver's license and comply with any restrictions; have held a valid FAA medical certificate, regular or special issuance, on or after July 15, 2006; and not had their most recent medical revoked, suspended, or withdrawn, or most recent application denied. Pilots with a medical history or diagnosis of certain cardiac, neurological, or mental health conditions will need a one-time-only special issuance for each condition.

Aircraft Specifications Up to 6 seats, up to 6,000 lbs (no limitations on horsepower, number of engines, or gear type)

Flight Rules Day or night, VFR or IFR

Passengers Up to 5 passengers

Altitude Restriction Up to 18,000 feet msl

Geographic Limitation Within the United States (unless authorized)

Speed Limitation 250 knots indicated airspeed

Operating Limitation Cannot operate for compensation or hire, except for flight instruction and as permitted by 14 CFR 61.113

Aeromedical Training Free online course required every two years (24 calendar months)

Physician Visit Every four years (48 calendar months)

If you have any specific questions or need assistance updating your FAA medical certificate, contact our friendly staff today! Not only will our Middle River Aviation staff help direct you in the right place to re-apply, we can also help get you started in our Baltimore flight school program. Don’t wait, learn to fly today!