Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
AME Assisted - All Classes
Note: If the applicant has mild symptoms that are infrequent, have not required
hospitalization, or use of steroid medication, and no symptoms in flight, the AME may issue an
airman medical certificate. See Item 35., Lungs and Chest Aerospace Medical Disposition.
If the applicant does not meet the above criteria, the AME must follow the AASI process.
AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) is a process that provides Examiners the ability to re-issue an airman medical certificate under the provisions of an Authorization for Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) to an applicant who has a medical condition that is disqualifying under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 67.
An FAA physician provides the initial certification decision and grants the Authorization in accordance with 14 CFR § 67.401. The Authorization letter is accompanied by attachments that specify the information that treating physician(s) must provide for the re-issuance determination. If this is a first time issuance of an Authorization for the above disease/condition, and the applicant has all of the requisite medical information necessary for a determination, the AME must defer and submit all of the documentation to the AMCD or RFS for the initial determination.
Examiners may re-issue an airman medical certificate under the provisions of an Authorization, if the applicant provides the following:
- An Authorization granted by the FAA;
- The applicant’s current medical status that addresses frequency of attacks and whether the attacks have resulted in emergency room visits or hospitalizations;
- The AME should caution the applicant to cease flying with any exacerbation as warned in § 61.53;
- The name and dosage of medication(s) used for treatment and/or prevention with comment regarding side effects; and
- Results of pulmonary function testing, if deemed necessary, performed with last 90 days
- The symptoms worsen;
- There has been an increase in frequency of emergency room, hospital, or outpatient visits;
- The FEV1 is less than 70% predicted value;
- The applicant requires 3 or more medications for stabilization; or
- The applicant is using steroids in dosages equivalent to more than 20mg of Prednisone per day.