There are a number of good sources of information, so we won’t try to reconstruct airmen medical certification sources here, but here is a list of resources that we recommend:

FAA medical certificate

What is an Aviation Medical Examiner?

In Europe, the United States, and other countries, an aviation medical examiner or aero-medical examiner (AME) is a physician designated by the local aviation authority and given the authority to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates. AMEs are practitioners of aviation medicine, although most are also qualified in other medical specialties.

The International Civil Aviation Organization have established basic medical rules for determining whether a pilot is fit to act in that capacity, and they are codified in Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. However, most countries’ aviation authorities have developed their own specific details and clarifications to be used in addition to – frequently more stringently than – the high-level standards prescribed by ICAO.

The military equivalent of the AME is the flight surgeon.

Wikipedia contributors. (2019, September 13). Aviation medical examiner. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:46, November 18, 2019, from

Houston area AME

AMEContact Information
Victor Hugo Arellano
Total Medical & Urgent Care
15410 Ridge Park Dr, Houston, TX 77095
(281) 855 – 2244
Brian J. Feaver
Aviation Medicine
201 That Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
(979) 285-2100
Ronald Heisey
2003 Airline Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546
(281) 482-9565
Charles A. Schumacher
M.D., F.A.C.P.
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
#6 Professional park Drive, Webster, TX 77598
D. Edward Supkis
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
4704 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
(713) 300-2356

Portions of this BLOG entry were originally published by Third Coast Aviation LLC, an affiliate of the Spaceport Houston Club, on August 26, 2018 (click here for the original BLOG posting).

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