Excerpts from AME Guide
Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
Application Process for Medical Certification
Exam Techniques and Criteria for Qualification
Items 25. Head and Neck
The head and neck should be examined to determine the presence of any significant defects such as:
- Bony defects of the skull
- Gross deformities
- Evidence of recent blows or trauma to the head
- Limited motion of the head and neck
- Surgical scars
Other Regions of Head and Neck
- Head and Neck
- External Ear
- Pathology of the Middle Ear
- Unilateral Deafness
- Bilateral Deafness
- Hearing Aids
- Evidence of Sinus Disease
- Mouth and Throat
The AME must personally conduct the physical examination. This section provides guidance for completion of Items 21-58 of the Application for Airman Medical Certificate or Airman Medical and Student Pilot Certificate, FAA Form 8500-8.
The AME must carefully read the applicant's history page of FAA Form 8500-8 (Items 1-20) before conducting the physical examination and completing the Report of Medical Examination. This alerts the AME to possible pathological findings.
The AME must note in Item 60 of the FAA Form 8500-8 any condition found in the course of the examination. The AME must list the facts, such as dates, frequency, and severity of occurrence.
When a question arises, the Federal Air Surgeon encourages AMEs first to check this Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners and other FAA informational documents. If the question remains unresolved, the AME should seek advice from a RFS or the Manager of the AMCD.
After all routine evaluations and tests are completed, the AME should make a complete review of FAA Form 8500-8. If the form is complete and accurate, the AME should add final comments, make qualification decision statements, and sign the declaration. The medical history page of FAA Form 8500-8 must be completed in the handwriting of and signed and dated by the applicant. Upon completion of the physical examination, the entire FAA Form 8500-8, Items 1 through 64, must be electronically transmitted to the FAA.
Note: Numbers correspond to the required entry in the AME portion of the FAA Form 8500-8