Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW)
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FAA Medical Certificates
All certified pilots, with the exception of sport pilot certificates, are required to maintain a medical certificate with the priveleges they intend to excercise as pilot-in-command of an aircraft.

To obtain a medical certification, pilots are required to undergo a medical examination from an Aviation Medical Examiner, or AME. The Aviation Medical Examiner performs an examination based upon the class of certification desired, first class, second class, or third class. A third class medical is the minimum class required for a private pilot certificate, as where many commercial airlines require a first class medical, which has many more medical criteria for qualification.


Where do I get an FAA Medical Certificate?

Many local doctors in the area are approved by the FAA to issue medicals. To find an Aviation Medical Examiner near you, see the AME finder on the FAA website here...

Our local Aviation Medical Examiner:

GARY PINGREY, D.O. (AME# 10956)
12818 PURDY DR. NW
GIG HARBOR, WA 98332
(253) 970-7737


Third Class Medical Requirements

Third class certifications require the least involved examinations of all medical certifications. They are required for those intending to be pilot-in-command of an aircraft under the Private or Recreational pilot certificates or while exercising solo privileges as a student pilot.

The requirements to obtain a third class medical are:
    •  Distant vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction
    •  Near vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction, as measured at a distance
       of 16 inches (410 mm)
    •  Color vision: Demonstrate ability to perceive colors necessary for safe performance of airman duties
    •  Hearing: Demonstrate ability to hear an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears,
       at a distance of six feet, with their back turned to the examiner, or pass an approved audiometric test
    •  Ear, Nose, and Throat: Exhibit no ear disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be
       expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of speech or equilibrium
    •  Blood Pressure: Under 155/95
    •  Mental Status: No diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or severe personality disorders
    •  Substance Dependence: No dependence on alcohol or any pharmacological substance in the previous
       two years

For pilots under 40 years of age, third class medical certificates expire on the last day of the month they were issued, five years from the date of issue. The FAA changed this rule from three to five years on July 24, 2008. For all others, they expire on the last day of the month they were issued, two years from the date of issue.

NOTE: The figures above may not be current. Please refer to Federal Regulations for most current information.
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