What to expect at your FAA Physical

An airplane is shown against the sun setting as it lands on an empty runway.

Are you fit to fly? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets forth minimum safety standards for physical and mental conditions of pilots. These FAA Physicals cannot be conducted by just any physician – they must be certified by the FAA as an Aviation Medical Examiner.

An Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) serves the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the flying community by medically certifying pilots. Each pilot is required to meet specific medical standards depending on the class of medical certificate for which the pilot applies.

The FAA medical standards are separated by class 1, 2, and 3. Each class carries different privileges and must be renewed at different times to continue to operate an aircraft.

What does an FAA Physical include?

Your FAA medical exam will generally take about 30 minutes and the medical examiner will do a physical examination checking areas such as your eyesight, hearing, lung function and others. They will also check for any heart conditions, as well as conduct a urinalysis to check for sugar or protein, indicators of possible diabetes or kidney disease. 

Two doctors, two locations for FAA Physicals

At OHC, we have not one but TWO AMEs. Dr. Terry Taylor and Dr. Kevin Michaels are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete flight physicals Class 1, 2 & 3 to determine if a pilot is in stable physical and mental health. They are also are available at TWO locations for your FAA Physical – Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi. 

FAA Physicals are available by appointment only. Call us today at (251) 434-6770 to set up your physical!


Occupational Health Center offers employers a large array of health services designed to maximize the effectiveness of your valued employees. With a strong focus on workers’ compensation claims, our services promote the continued well-being of your employees’ health and their return to work.

For more than 10 years, the business, industrial, and corporate communities have placed their trust in our doctors to provide medical care, services, and testing for thousands of their employees.

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