Welcome to Flightinfo.com

  • Register now and join the discussion
  • Friendliest aviation Ccmmunity on the web
  • Modern site for PC's, Phones, Tablets - no 3rd party apps required
  • Ask questions, help others, promote aviation
  • Share the passion for aviation
  • Invite everyone to Flightinfo.com and let's have fun

keeping a 1st class after surgery

Welcome to Flightinfo.com

  • Register now and join the discussion
  • Modern secure site, no 3rd party apps required
  • Invite your friends
  • Share the passion of aviation
  • Friendliest aviation community on the web


New member
Jul 30, 2005
Can one continue to keep a 1st class med certificate after any kind of heart surgery?(granted that person never had a heart attack,stroke,e.t.c.) Feedback greatly appreciated!

Thank you
AOPA is a great place to start getting the information inaddition to the FAA. But I have a feeling you will be disappointed.
You will lose the medical but you can get it back after you jump through a lot of hoops and prove there are no more problems. I know of a heart attack victim that got it back, but it could take a year or more.
I know of a heart-bypass guy flying as a 121 captain. He was off for 8 months.

That person does need to wait 6 months after the event and there are hoops to jump through like a stress test and an angiogram. I understand that reviews which used to be done at OK City are now done on a more regional basis. A cardiologist will need to make a statement saying that the pilot has have full capability of doing what needs to be done without any medical considerations. The review board will need a full copy of all the pilot's surgical records. An AME should have the necessary details to get point that individual in the right direction.
I had a car accident in 1986 at age 23 and among other things I had the aorta on my heart knocked loose from the heart muscle. I had a 2% chance of living. They did open heart (from my back) and put a Dacron woven patch on my heart/aorta. Within 4 months with the help of a great AME I passed my 1st class medical. No problems since. I recommend getting ahold of a AME who really knows the documentation and pleading to do on your behalf. Wish you luck.


Latest posts

Latest resources