Excerpts from AME Guide
Excerpts from Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
Application Process for Medical Certification
Items 26. Nose
The nose should be examined for the presence of polyps, blood, or signs of infection, allergy, or substance abuse. The Examiner should determine if there is a history of epistaxis (nose bleed) with exposure to high altitudes and if there is any indication of loss of sense of smell (anosmia). Polyps may cause airway obstruction or sinus blockage. Infection or allergy may be cause for obtaining additional history. Anosmia is at least noteworthy in that the airman should be made fully aware of the significance of the handicap in flying (inability to receive early warning of gas spills, oil leaks, or smoke). Further evaluation may be warranted.
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 examination. This section provides guidance for completion of the Application for Airman Medical Certificate +/- Student Pilot Certificate, FAA Form 8500-8.
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 facts, such as dates, frequency, and severity.
When questions arises, AMEs must check the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners and other FAA documents. If the question remains unresolved, the AME should seek advice from a RFS or the Manager of the AMCD.
After all evaluations and tests are completed, the AME reviews Form 8500-8. If complete and accurate, the AME adds final comments, makes qualification and decision statements, and signs the declaration. The medical history page must be completed in the handwriting of and signed and dated by the applicant. Upon completion of the examination, the entire FAA Form 8500-8 must be electronically transmitted to the FAA.
Note: Numbers correspond to the required entry in the AME portion of the FAA Form 8500-8