FAA Eases Policy on Special Issuance Medical Conditions

AMEs can clear pilots for several new diagnoses.

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The Federal Air Surgeon has released a long list of medical conditions that no longer require a special issuance for an airman’s medical certificate. The list is called “Certificates an AME Can Issue” or “CACI.”

The special issuance process can be lengthy and frustrating, so this is good news for many pilots. Now, a certified aviation medical examiner (AME) can issue a medical certificate using his or her own discretion for applicants with the following conditions: arthritis, asthma, glaucoma, chronic hepatitis C, hypertension, hypothyroidism, migraine and chronic headache, pre-diabetes, and renal (liver) cancer. More diagnoses are expected to be added to the list in the coming months.

The AME will need to have documentation to certify the pilot, but does not have to forward the documentation to the FAA. The Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting a webinar with Aeromedical Advisory Council member and senior AME Greg Pinnell at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17.