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FAA Terms and Acronyms

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Glossary and Acronyms Used by the FAA

Acronym Description
AAM Office of Aerospace Medicine
AASI AME Assisted Special Issuance - Criteria under which an AME may reissue a medical certificate for a third-class applicant with a medical history of a disqualifying condition, who has already received a Special Issuance Authorization from the FAA, and criteria to defer issuance to AMCD or RFS for these situations.
AMCD Aerospace Medical Certification Division - located at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Info for Processing Medical Information throught the AMCD:

  • If the evaluation is requested by an AME follow the instructions of your AME
  • If requested by the Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD) or a Regional Flight Surgeon (RFS) of the FAA, you may have the signed, completed form transmitted by fax or mailed (express or regular mail) to the requesting party.

You can mail required info to the AMCD at either address provided below:

Express Mail (e.g., FedEx)
CAMI, B-59
6500 South MacArthur Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73169

Regular Mail
P.O. Box 26080
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0080

The FAA will accept Form 8500-7 and some other required documents via fax to the AMCD. The FAX number
is (405) 954-4300

AMCS Airman Medical Certification System - allows the AME to electronically submit FAA Form 8500-8, Application for Airman Medical Certificate or Airman Medical and Student Pilot Certificate, to AMCD.
AME Aviation Medical Examiner - a physician designated by the FAA and given the authority to perform airman physical examinations for issuance of second- and third-class medical and student pilot certificates. (NOTE: Senior Examiners perform first-class airman examinations).
ATCS Air Traffic Control Specialist
AV Atrioventricular
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen Test
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
CAMI Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
CAT Computerized Axial Tomography Scan
CBC Complete Blood Count
CEA Carcinoembryonic Antigen
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHD Coronary Heart Disease
CT Computed Tomography Scan
CVE Cardiovascular Evaluation
DOT Department of Transportation
DUI/DWI Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated
ECG Electrocardiogram
ECHO Echocardiographic Images
ENT Ear, Nose, and Throat
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAR Federal Aviation Regulations
FSDO Flight Standards District Office
GXT Graded Exercise Test
HgbA1C Hemoglobin A1C
INR International Normalized Ratio
IVP Intravenous Pyelography Test
KUB Kidneys, Ureters and Bladder
MFO Medical Field Office
MFT Medical Flight Test
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MVP Mitral Valve Prolapse
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
PAC's Premature Arterial Contractions
PET Radioactive High-Tech Scan
PFT Pulmonary Function Test
PSA Prostate Specific Antigen
PT Prothrombin Time
PTT Partial Thromboplastin Time
PVC's Premature Ventricular Contractions
RF Radio Frequency Ablation
RFS Regional Flight Surgeon
SODA Statement of Demonstrated Ability
TFT Thyroid Function Test
US Ultrasound
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