The FAA is once again considering for special issuance applicants who have had a cardiac transplant. In the early 1990's, the FAA withdrew the small number of existing heart transplant authorizations because of evidence of post-operative coronary artery disease that was not detectable with conventional diagnostic tests.
Following a lengthy review of transplant literature, the FAA has determined that risks can be effectively managed under strict special issuance guidelines for THIRD-CLASS medical certification only.
For special issuance consideration following heart replacement surgery, the FAA will require:
You should have all records available when you see the aviation medical examiner for an FAA physical exam. The Examiner must defer the application to the FAA for a decision. Consideration will be for Third-class applicants only. The FAA Cardiology Consultant Panel will review all cases. Subsequent recertification will be based on annual follow-up evaluation. All information should be forwarded by express mail to the FAA in Oklahoma City.
How/Where to Submit to the FAA
Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.
Updated May 28, 2020