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First-class aviation medical
A first-class aviation medical is a comprehensive medical examination conducted by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to assess an individual's overall health and fitness to operate as a pilot in a first-class medical certification category. It includes a review of medical history, physical examination, evaluation of mental and emotional fitness, and assessment of cognitive abilities and motor skills. This examination is required for commercial airline pilots and is conducted every six months for pilots over the age of 40 and every 12 months for pilots under the age of 40.
Third-class aviation medical
A Third-Class Aviation medical is a medical certification required for pilots who operate aircraft for private purposes. It is issued after a thorough medical examination conducted by an authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and is valid for a period of 5 years for pilots under the age of 40 and 2 years for those over 40. This certification ensures that the pilot is physically and mentally fit to operate an aircraft and does not have any medical conditions that could interfere with their ability to safely perform their duties. Unlike a Second-Class Aviation medical, a Third-Class certification is only required for non-commercial flying, such as recreational flying or flying for personal transportation. An aviator may also pursue additional ratings such as Instrument, Multi-engine, and Commercial ratings, all while operating on a 3rd class medical. This is the most common choice for brand-new pilots pursuing their private pilot licenses.