AME Comments on Application for Aviation Medical Certification FAA 8500-8

Items 59-64: Comments on History and Findings

Apr 2014

Abbreviated Briefing:
  • AME Final Opportunity to Elaborate
  • Abnormal Situations
  • Unusual Findings
  • Unreported History
  • Note if Expected Delay for More Data > 2 Weeks


Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide pages 186-189, 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).

ITEMS 59-64 of FAA Form 8500-8

This section provides guidance for the completion of Items 59-64 of the FAA Form 8500-8. The Examiner is responsible for conducting the examination. However, he or she may delegate to a qualified physician's assistant, nurse, aide, or laboratory assistant the testing required for Items 49-58. Regardless of who performs the tests, the Examiner is responsible for the accuracy of the findings, and this responsibility may not be delegated.

The medical history page of FAA Form 8500-8 is referred to on this site as the Medical Application, and this must be completed and certified by the applicant (through MedXPress) in advance of the AME appointment, or it will not appear in AMCS (the AME's online database). In the office, the AME will complete the Medical Exam. After all routine evaluations and tests are completed, the AME reviews all data collected and entered by the applicant online. If the information is complete and accurate, the AME will add final comments, make qualification decision statements, and certify the examination. It will then be transmitted electronically to the FAA.

This page discussed the Final Review Sections section of the Fight Physical Examination required of pilots.

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