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Aviation Medical



Your one stop shop for ALL aviation medical exams (First, Second, & Third) including Air Traffic Controllers, FAA Pre- Employment and Basic Med

With only a few exceptions (non-commercial balloon pilots and sport pilots), every pilot must pass an FAA-prescribed aviation medical exam. Air transport and commercial pilots must pass a First- or Second-class medical exam. Private pilots must pass either a third class or a Basic Med exam.

Most professional flight training programs require a First-class medical to begin their training program.  Dr. Shreder and the team at Aviation Medical Solutions is your trusted partner in obtaining and maintaining your First, Second, or Third-class medical.

Basic Med is ONLY applicable to pilots that have previously passed an FAA Third class exam at least once after 2006. Certain conditions require a one-time FAA Special Issuance Medical.

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Ready to begin your FAA medical exam? Click the link below to be taken to the FAA MedXpress page. Create an account, choose your medical class, fill out the application, and obtain your MedXpress Confirmation number. Make sure to bring our confirmation number to the appointment – we cannot pull your FAA file without it!


Got your confirmation number? Click the link below to be taken to our online scheduling page. Review the list of services to ensure you have selected the correct appointment type. If your union/airline has a contract price set for flight physicals, AMS will be charging the contract rate.

We look forward to seeing you.

How do I know which AME to schedule with? Why should I schedule with your office?

First, by reading this, you are already ahead of the game and are heading in the right direction to obtain your FAA medical.  With 23 years of experience as an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME), Dr. Shreder specializes in aviation medicals, performing them full-time, 5 days a week.

Second, referrals from flight schools, flight instructors, and/or other pilots are the best advertising.  Check out our reviews.

Third, what separates AMES and their offices is not what happens when things go right. It is how things are handled when things go sideways! When a medical problem develops, we are proactive in our contact with the FAA and can, in many cases, develop a plan of action even before receiving the dreaded letter from the FAA.  Our goal is to keep pilots in the air.

What kind of medical certificate do you need?

Aviation medical certificates are first, second, or third class. Private pilots and recreational pilots require a minimum of a third-class medical certificate. However, those who intend to make a career out of flying must obtain a first or second-class certificate.

What to expect during an aviation medical exam?

What happens during an aviation medical exam depends on the type of certificate applied. The third-class medical exam is the least stringent. Similar to a regular physical exam or medical checkup, you will be asked detailed questions about your health history but with a special focus on vision and hearing. The vision standards are similar to a driver’s license exam. The second-class medical exam is more stringent, and the standards for the vision tests are higher, requiring 20/20 distant vision. The first-class medical exam has the highest standards. An EKG is performed at age 35 and every year after age 40.

How often would you need an aviation medical test?

    • 1st Class (ATP): Every 12 months if younger than age 40, Every 6 months over 40
    • 2nd Class (Commercial Pilots): 12 Months
    • 3rd Class (Private / Student / Recreational Pilots):
        • 2 Yrs if Over 40 Old
        • 5 Yrs if Under 40 Old