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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

it must be very expensive, from what i'm hearing. about how much will any one of the medicals required by the faa run me?

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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

The last FAA medical first class in USA that I took was in 1998, I did cost some US$170 or so with EKG... In my country I take an exam equivalent to that one each 6 months... for the cost of some US$15.oo reimbursed by my airline... I realize that FAA medical examiners need to up their fees according to their premiums of "malpractice insurance" and other obligations...
In my next life I will not be an airline captain, I intend to become MD-GYN...
Probably is more fun... right???
Happy landings...
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineMartinKoschel From Germany, joined Jun 2002, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Skipper: May very well be, but after some years you possibly start hating the formulation "you might look into this"  Big grin

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4241 times:

The cost depends where you are in the country. Here in Florida a Class One is $5-10 more than the other two classes. I paid $60 no EKG.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineNight_Flight From United States of America, joined May 1999, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

My first class medical exam with EKG was around $90 US Dollars.


Remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous?
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

For me, Class I's didn't cost any more than Class III's -- but then again, I just turned 35 and haven't gone for a Class I since, so I haven't had to do the EKG, which I understand raises the price.


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

This has come upon several previous threads and, as I did before, I'd like to warn you guys about holding a higher class physical that what is required by the FARs. A few years back, there were some very good articles in some of the business aviation magazines that made the point that it's probably not wise to hold a medical certificate any higher than what you actually need. In other words, if you only need a 2nd class don't go after a 1st. If you are a private pilot and you're not planning on getting any advanced ratings you probably shouldn't be going for a 1st or 2nd class.

The reason is simple. If you apply for a higher rating than you need and for whatever reason you are disqualified you can not simply amend the application to a lower class. A medical won't be issued and you've ended up opening a whole can of worms for yourself with the FAA unnecessarily. It's happened to more than one pilot, including one of my close friends.

I'm not saying that you guys who are planning on an airline career shouldn't get that initial 1st class medical and EKG, you do need to know if there's anything disqualifying. What I'm saying is that as long as you only need a 2nd or 3rd class certificate you're not doing yourself any favors by holding the higher class physical.


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4175 times:


Actually, you can amend that even more. Since I think 1998 you can get any rating with a Class III. You now only need the appropriate class of medical when you actually exercise the priviledges of that rating. I believe this change was made specifically to encourage private pilots to continue to train and 'expand their horizons' by training to and passing the commercial and ATP rides without requiring them to go through the medical hassle (which, for some folks, might not be possible).

I haven't looked at the details in a LONG time, but it may actually be possible to get a rating with NO medical as long as the DE is willing to act as PIC during the flight (where applicable). But don't hold me on that.


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

You're absolutely correct, but I was referring more to those people who, for whatever reason, feel that they have to run around with a class I or II medical certificate in their wallet when it's not necessary for their particular operation. It was around 1997-1998 (I believe) that CFI's were no longer required to have a medical - as long as they weren't acting as PIC. This has put a lot of experienced people back into the cockpit (or simulator) where they can pass along their experience. Personally, I think that it's a very good thing and like you said, hopefully it will also act as a catalyst to get people to "expand their horizons".


User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

By the way...

Doctors can charge all they want, but that is most certainly not what they get. Insurance companies are getting the money now, and only pay doctors what they think they deserve. In many cases, with malpractice insurance increasing to astronomical levels (people will sue for a bandaid that doesn't stick), and doctors being paid decreasing salaries (on average, a 30% decline since 1993, when Ol' Bill took office), physicians are forced to make decisions that will affect the level of care they can deliver their patients, and is essentially leading healthcare in the wrong direction. I don't want to incite a riot here, but take this into consideration: If an airline's costs increase, due to higher fuel prices, older fleet, etc., what does it do? It will, quite simply, start charging higher fares, thereby increasing the amount of money it will take in.

If doctors are being paid less money to do the same job, how can they increase charges to match overhead when someone else dictates how much they are paid, and aren't about to start handing more money out?

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