PILOT PHYSICALS

Dr. Gauthier has been designated as an Aviation Medical Examiner by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and can provide 2nd class, 3rd class and BasicMed Medical Examinations.

ABOUT OUR APPOINTMENTS

We offer examinations by appointment Monday - Friday.

We strive to offer you appointments within one business day.

If an EKG is required, there will be an additional $50.00 charge. Please note, this is an administrative physical and may not be covered by medical insurance. We are unable to bill your carrier for this service. You must pay in full prior to examination.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT MedXpress

If you do not have an existing MedXPress account, it may take one business day or longer to complete your application. MedXPress data is only accessible by the AME for a period of 2 weeks after a confirmation number is issued; please ensure your appointment is booked within that timeframe.

The FAA MedXPress system is used to electronically complete the history portion of FAA Form 8500-8. After all is said and done, the FAA denies only a fraction of 1% of all applications.  It is very important to be open and honest when answering the questions in the MedXPress system. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available to your Aviation Medical Examiner to review at the time of your medical examination.

Prior to your appointment, go to the FAA MedXPress web site at https://medxpress.faa.gov to complete your forms. At the end of your application, the system will give you a confirmation number. Be aware you must submit your portion of the 8500-8 application to the FAA before you will be given your confirmation number. 

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

  1. Register/login at MedXpress on FAA.gov website and complete the history portion of the FAA form 8500-8 online.

  2. Make an appointment at Auburn Family Medicine. Call (334) 826-1111

  3. Please bring the following to your appointment:

    1. A Government Issue photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, etc.

    2. Your pilot and most recent medical certificates

    3. MedXpress Summary with confirmation number (Feel free to fax or e-mail me a “preview” copy of your medical express FAA 8500-8 application if your medical situation is “complex”.  Let’s resolve all medical questions before opening the application.)

  4. If you have a SODA, a special issuance, or any recent correspondence with the FAA, please them with you.  Better yet, scan and e-mail to us before your appointment.

  5. If you wear hearing aids, contact lenses (bring case & solution) or glasses bring them with you to the exam.

  6. The names and dosages of any medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), as well as any supplements that you may be taking.

  7. Treat any special issuance as a checklist. Accomplish all requirements and you will be certified.  Miss any of the requirements and you will likely not receive a medical certificate on the day of your visit.

  8. Hold off on visiting the restroom for an hour or so before your appointment - a urine sample is required during your visit (this is to check protein and sugar, it is not a urine drug screen!)

  9. If you have treated high blood pressure, or, are medically certified via special issuance requiring physician status reports or medical testing, please obtain all reports or testing before your exam and bring them with you.  A link to the CV hypertension (high blood pressure) reporting form can be found below.  If you take meds for high blood pressure, please print and take form to your treating doctor to complete.  Bring the completed form to your appointment.

  10. If you take thyroid hormone replacement medication, please make sure you have the results of your most recent TSH testing.

  11. BasicMed Certification - my signing a basic med certificate will be based on very similar criteria to the FAA’s in determining whether you could hold a normal or special insurance third class medical certificate.  The difference is the frequency of regular medical exams (4 years with BasicMed). Remember that with BasicMed, I am solely responsible for the decision, not the FAA. If you have a significant medical history, e.g., heart, neurological or psychological issue, please bring status information from your treating physician.

COSTS INVOLVED

FAA Examination - $150

BasicMed Examination - $100

EKG - $50

Special Issuance - $60

Coordination with pilot’s treating physician- $60

Medical consultation/coordination with FAA - $100

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M-F  8:00 - 4:00

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