Information for Pilots

Your visit with Dr. LaBagnara can be scheduled by appointment during regular office hours. If you have specific medical information or there has been a change in your medical condition, please bring as much information with you as possible. The examination will take approximately 30 minutes. When you make the appointment, please let us know what class of certificate you will be requesting. If you will need an electrocardiogram for a first class certificate, please let us know in advance since more time will be set aside for your examination.

Dr. LaBagnara has been a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner since 1978 and has performed over 4000 examinations and issued over 4000 medical certificates.

FAA MedXPress application process

The FAA MedXPress system allows anyone requiring an FAA Medical Certificate or Student Pilot Medical Certificate to electronically complete the FAA Form 8500-8. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available for your AME to review at the time of your medical examination.

Your AME will no longer have paper applications for you to fill out. All applications for a Medical Certificate must be completed on line prior to your visit.

Please print or copy your CONFIRMATION NUMBER after you have completed the application and bring this number with you at the time of your appointment.


Are you a member AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)? If you are not, you should be. AOPA represents all of us in general aviation regarding aviation matters. AOPA is the voice of general aviation in the media, in government and politics. AOPA protects our rights as pilots, promotes general aviation and helps protect our airports.

To become a member or to learn more about AOPA, visit The AOPA web site has a great deal of information available to you regarding medical conditions, permissible medications, and a lot more. 
AOPA sources of information include:

  • Medical Updates
  • Aviation Medical Examiners
  • FAA Medications
  • FAR Part 67
  • Medical FAQ's
  • Medical Statue Requests
  • Medical Status Reports
  • Pilot's Guide to Medical Certification
  • Web links


AOPA has information available on many medical conditions including the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Colitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Diabetes on oral medications
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension
  • Lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease
  • Migraine headaches
  • Mitral and aortic insufficiency
  • Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Kidney stones


Additional information is available on:

  • The use of Prozac and other antidepressants
  • Vision requirements
  • LASIK surgery
  • Color blindness and restrictions on night flying
  • Waivers (Statement of Demonstrated Ability) [SODA]
  • Special Issuance certificates
  • Cancer
  • Hay fever and allergies
  • Skin cancer
  • Hearing loss and hearing aids
  • DUI reporting


The following frequently asked questions and answers are intended to address a very small portion of the questions an airman may ask his AME.

Your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME): 
An AME is a physician in private practice that has been 'designated' by the Federal Aviation Administration, to issue medical certificates to applicants who meet certain standards. The AME is not employed by the FAA or the US government. The AME has the authority to conduct a physical examination and evaluate applicants for a medical certificate. The AME also has the authority to deny issuance of a certificate and the option of deferring issuance of a certificate to Oklahoma pending further evaluation. Your AME is your link to certification. He is the designated representative of the FAA. He must know all there is to know about your mental and physical health. Do not be reluctant to discuss any health issues you have. Your AME is really there to help you.


Truthfulness in your examination: 
You are expected to be completely truthful with your AME in the process of applying for a medical certificate. Falsification of information in the application regarding your medical history can result in severe penalties and fines, since 'the consequences of a negligent certification, which would permit an unqualified person to take the controls of an aircraft, creates a threat to public safety'. Your AME is trained to recognize attempts at falsification and will likely challenge you when he sees misleading information. If you succeed in falsifying information related to the examination and any medical condition you may have, there is a good chance that this information will eventually come to light for a variety of reasons. You may be violating Federal Criminal Law. Your certificate can be revoked for falsification. You may be subject to fines of up to $250,000 or imprisoned for not more than five years.

Medical Conditions: 
Since pilots represent a cross section of humanity and come from all ethnic backgrounds, any medical condition, disease, or syndrome that exists in the general population, can occur in an airman. The Aeromedical Division of the FAA does not publish any text which can address each and every medical condition and the effect such a condition may have on an airman's ability to fly. Physicians in private practice are therefore designated as Aviation Medical Examiners (AME's) and have the responsibility of recognizing the relationship that your medical condition may have on your ability to fly safely.

The AOPA web site probably has information on your medical problems.

Change in Medical Conditions: 
Any time there is a change in your medical condition or general health, you should advise your AME. A new medication, change in medication, recent operation, or development of a health condition, should all be conveyed to your AME or the FAA.

Many medications are approved by the FAA for a variety of medical conditions. The most comprehensive and up to date list of allowed medications is maintained by


What are the Types of Medical Certificates and for how long is each valid?

First class: 
Valid through the last day of the sixth month from the date of Issuance (6 calendar months). After six months it becomes a second-class certificate; after twelve months, it reverts to a third class certificate.

Second class: 
Valid through the last day of the twelfth month from the date of issuance (12 calendar months). After twelve months, it reverts to a third class certificate.

Third class: 
Valid through the last day of the twenty fourth month from the date of Issuance (24 calendar months) if you are over 40 years of age at the time it is issued. If you are under the age of 40 years when the third class certificate is issued, the certificate is valid for 36 calendar months

Another useful site for information and aviation links is, where you will find an interactive online service with help on the certification of people, aircraft and airports.

Use the FAA site to:

  • Change your address
  • Replace your lost or destroyed certificate
  • Copy your airman medical records
  • Change your airman certificate number
  • Get information on the DUI/DWI program
  • Search airman databases
  • And much more