Aviation Flight Physicals
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Call 605-428-5446 to schedule your aviation flight physical with Matt Herber, MD.
To fly a plane, aviators need a pilot’s license and a medical certificate, which involves getting a physical from a doctor who is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Receive the medical certification you need to fly from our certified provider in Dell Rapids, SD:
- Matt Herber, MD is authorized by the FAA to perform all three classes of FAA medical certificates
FAA Medical Certificate Classes
There are three classes of FAA medical certificates, each with a more restrictive set of physical standards. Although you may apply for any class of medical certification, most pilots apply for the class most applicable to their flying activity.
First-Class Medical Certificate
Commercial airline transport pilots need first-class medical certificates from senior AMEs with two to three years of experience. These pilots must receive physicals every year until age 39. At 40, they need a flight physical every six months.
Second-Class Medical Certificate
Second-class certificates are for commercial pilots, including corporate aviators, crop dusters, aero-medical pilots, charter pilots, or navigators and first officers of commercial airline flights. They need a flight physical every year.
Third-Class Medical Certificate
The third-class certificate covers recreational and private pilots. Before age 40, they must have a flight physical every five years; after age 40, they need one every two years.
To learn more about FAA requirements and pilot medical certification frequently asked questions visit faa.gov.