in the State of Hawaii
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
requires all pilots acting as Pilot in Command (except Sport Pilots and Glider Pilots) to
complete a medical examination administered by a designated examining physician.
An FAA physical typically includes an examination of the eyes, general
limitations, and general health condition. Upon completion of the medical
exam, pilots are issued an FAA medical certificate. A medical certificate
will include the airmen's information along with any stated limitations, such as
the need for corrective lenses.
Only applicants that are fit to
fly will be granted a certificate. Airmen are denied issuance of an FAA
medical certificate if any condition arises that would create a hazard in
operating an aircraft. In some instances, the denial of issuance of a
medical certificate may be appealed through the FAA.
In Hawaii, FAA medical examinations typically
cost $80-120. See the list of designated physicians for the State of Hawaii
Private pilots must hold at least a
Third Class Medical Certificate (exam every 36 calendar months for pilots
under the age of 40; 24 calendar months for pilots over 40). Pilots
exercising Commercial Pilot privileges must hold at least a
Second Class Medical
Certificate (exam every 12 calendar months). Airline Transport Pilots must hold
the most meticulous
First Class Medical
Certificate (exam every six calendar months).
Any valid medical certificate may
be used for third class medical privileges for up to 24 (40+ years of age) or 36
calendar months (under 40 years of age). A first class medical may also be
used as a second class medical for up to 12 calendar months.