Colon Cancer : Further FAA Medical Workup

AASI Protocol Instructions for Airman and AME

Mar 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide page 264, FAA and FDA web data ( &, instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

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 application for an AASI for colon cancer, and the applicant has all the requisite medical information necessary for a determination, the AME must defer and submit all of the documentation to the AMCD or the Regional Flight Surgeon for the initial determination.

AMEs 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; and
  • An update of the status of the malignancy since the last FAA medical examination, to include the results of a current (performed within last 90 days) carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), if a baseline value is available.

The AME must defer to the AMCD or Region if:

  • There has been any progression of the disease or an increase in CEA
  • Any new treatment is initiated

Download an FAA AASI Cover sheet for the the submitting AME to use (2014 PDF format)

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