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In general there are two pathways to submit necessary documentation to the FAA. The options are 1) Self-Service, or 2) AME-Assisted (Case Management).
Description: You send in the (requested) information/records and in 8-10 weeks (typically), the FAA will send you a reply. If you have already completed your medical exam and you have submitted everything the FAA requires to assess your case, their reply should include your medical certificate and/or special issuance. Often times, however, the FAA will instead send you a letter with very specific directions on additional items you need to submit. After obtaining and submitting those additional items you wait again for their reply.
PRO’s: Least expensive (your time and mailing costs). Single AME visit.
CON’s: Takes the longest time; at least 2-3 months and often 6 months or more. Increased likelihood of your providing insufficient or excessive documentation to the FAA resulting in delays or the need for additional reviews.
Description: Schedule yourself for an “AME Consultation” (in person or over the phone). At this visit we’ll review your circumstance, sort through any medical records or documents you may have brought, and advise you on what we believe the FAA is likely to require. You provide us with the requested documents so we may review them for completeness and make recommendations to you. Then we’ll compose a customized Aeromedical Disposition for you and submit this, the appropriate records, and your exam results (if not already accomplished) to the FAA.
PRO’s: Takes the least amount of time*. Higher likelihood of optimal certification (advice and suggestions by your AME on how to optimize your medical circumstance to minimize certification issues).
CON’s: The cost to have a professional manage your case. We'll quote you a price specific to your case at your Consultation or upon written request if we have already done your medical exam.
* We can make no guarantees on behalf of the FAA, particularly with regard to when they might respond or what information they may request. There is always the chance that they will ask for additional information which will prolong the process. Ours are best estimates based on extensive past experience with the FAA.
NOTE: For our BasicMed exams we generally use the same medical criteria as an FAA 3rd Class, but can provide a bit more flexibility with some of their Special Issuance policies/requirements.
You have a couple of options: