If it has been a few years since your last FAA medical examination, you may be surprised to know that the paper medical application form that you completed in the aviation medical examiner’s office at the time of your exam has been replaced by a mandatory online medical application called MedXPress. The online application is now the only method of submitting a medical application, and should be completed prior to scheduling a physical examination with your medical examiner. A word of caution, though—the only browser that will work for MedXPress is Internet Explorer!
As a supplemental planning tool, AOPA’s TurboMedical® is an interactive online medical application planning system designed to help you identify any potential problems that might result from your MedXpress application. TurboMedical replicates MedXPress, but takes it one step further by providing you additional guidance on what documentation you will need for the FAA based upon your responses to the questions asked on the FAA application. Having the necessary records with you when you see the AME can often be the difference between an office issuance and a deferral that could result in weeks or months of waiting before the FAA issues your medical certificate.
After you have completed TurboMedical, you can choose to save your responses for future reference so you will always know what you reported on your previous FAA MedXPress application. AOPA maintains your medical information utilizing the most up-to-date security procedures in the industry. You have full access to your information anytime, and can update the form with your current medical information so it will be available for reference when you complete the FAA MedXPress application.
Once you submit the MedXPress application, you will have the option to print an exam summary of the form that you can retain for reference before your next FAA physical examination. The printed copy will include a confirmation number at the bottom of the page, and you will also receive an email with the confirmation number that you will take with you to the AME. This number is required at the time of the physical exam as the AME will use it to download your application from the FAA system to complete the examination and issue your medical certificate.