How often must a pilot’s medical certification get renewed?

July 6, 2017

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How often a pilot’s medical certification needs to be renewed depends on the class of medical certificate that the pilot holds. Medical certificates are issued as first class, second class or third class – the first class being the highest level. For instance, all airline pilots who fly under part 121 of the aviation regulations are required to hold a first class medical certificate. There are some requirements for first officers, in addition to captains, to hold a first class medical certificates as well.

A second class medical certificate is required for pilots operating with a commercial pilot’s license rather than Airline Transport Pilot certificate – ATP. There is also a third class medical certificate and if you’re a younger pilot, the duration of those certificates can be years.

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