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FAA Pilots Physicals Specialist

Sunshine Walk-In Clinic

Board Certified Family Physician located in Lake Mary, FL

If you want to become a pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires you to meet specific mental and physical standards in order to fly an aircraft. At Sunshine Walk-In Clinic in Lake Mary, Florida, Anita Gupta, MD, offers a thorough FAA exam to ensure you’re eligible to receive your pilot’s license. To schedule an FAA pilot’s physical, call the office or use the convenient online booking tool today. You can also walk into the clinic for an appointment anytime.

FAA Pilots Physicals Q & A

What is an FAA pilot’s physical?

The FAA has a health standard for pilots. Before you can fly solo in any kind of aircraft, including airplanes, helicopters, gyroplanes, and airships, it’s imperative that you meet mental and physical standards. This ensures your safety and the safety of passengers and other aircraft operators.

Your doctor at Sunshine Walk-In Clinic is an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner who ensures that your examination follows the guidelines that meet the aviation medical standards.

Once you pass all medical tests, you receive a medical certificate that shows you’ve met the standards required to get your pilot’s license.


Who is required to receive an FAA pilot’s physical?

If you’re studying and planning to fly an aircraft, you must undergo an FAA pilot’s physical. People who must qualify for the exam include:

  • Student pilots
  • Crew members
  • Pilots in command


Most FAA employees, including air traffic controllers and maritime operators, are required to pass the exam, as well.


How should I prepare for my FAA pilot’s physical?

For your FAA pilot’s physical, you want to show up for your exam feeling your best. You’re encouraged to sleep well the night before, so you’re rested. 

It’s also recommended that you stay away from caffeine, very salty food, and sugary food at least eight hours before your exam. You should also arrive hydrated, so drink plenty of water before your arrival.

Taking care of yourself before your exam may offer the best test results.


What can I expect during my FAA pilot’s physical?

At Sunshine Walk-In Clinic, your exam begins with a consultation about your medical history. You’re required to disclose all information about existing conditions, both physical and psychological. If you’re taking medications, those are reviewed, as well.

To gather an assessment about your mental health, your doctor asks you certain questions to make sure you meet the aviation medical exam standard. 

For a physical examination, tests are performed to ensure that you meet the physical fitness standard. At your visit, the following are checked thoroughly:

  • Eyesight
  • Ears
  • Heart
  • Cholesterol
  • Hemoglobin
  • Blood pressure
  • Equilibrium
  • Urine
  • Stomach
  • Limbs
  • Nervous system


You may also receive a chest X-ray to look at your heart and lungs. Your exam offers a complete physical with superior care.

To schedule your FAA pilot’s physical, call Sunshine Walk-In Clinic for an appointment or use the online booking tool. You can also walk in anytime for a physical.