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November 25, 2019 33 min

Pilots tend to fear their medicals simply because they value their ability to fly so intensely - and rightfully so.  Much can be done prior to the medical to alleviate this fear and smooth the process for the AME (Aviation Medical Examiner) as well as the pilot. 

Join Gary Crump and Dr. Brent Blue, a Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) out of Wyoming, for this discussion and updates on the question of “the Medical.”

If you have had a medical problem since your last medical (or before your first medical), it is important to know what you need to bring with you and what tests the FAA might require.  This may be difficult to navigate on your own.  Your AME can help as, can AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.  


Show Notes: 

Dr. Brent Blue is a Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and deals with Special Issuance Medicals as well as routine First, Second, and Third Class FAA medicals. He is an Airline Transport rated Pilot with over 9,000 hours of flight time.  He is a FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and serves as the safety physician for the airshow at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin each year.  He was the team physician for the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team at the World Competition in Hungary and is a frequent lecturer on oxygen and carbon monoxide issues in aviation.  Through his company,, he introduced pulse oximetry and digital carbon monoxide detection to general aviation in 1995. You can read more on his website at:


See Brent’s 2018 article here:

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