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Evaluation Specifications

Neurological Evaluation Specifications

If not previously submitted, all records covering prior hospitalizations and/or other period of observation and treatment are required. These records must be in sufficient detail to permit a clear evaluation of the nature and extent of any previous neurological disorder.

A report by a qualified neurologist is required. (A "qualified" neurologist is preferably one who has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, or one who has the background equivalent for board certification). Your aviation medical examiner or personal physician is often a good source for such a referral.

The neurologist's report must supply the following:

  1. Detailed report of a recent neurological examination.
  2. Pertinent x-rays, electroencephalogram with activating procedures, or other tests and laboratory procedures as may be indicated.

An airman with a history of neurological disorder who seeks a special issuance under Part 67.401 of the Federal Aviation Regulations on the basis of full recovery must submit the reports and objective evidence as listed above. In instances of cerebrovascular disorders, including stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), the airman must be free from all symptoms for at least two years before the FAA can favorably consider the request.

These procedures are utilized to elicit a latent abnormality in brain rhythm and are of special value where the resting record has shown no change from the normal. The standard techniques are hyperventilation, sleep, and photic drive. Generally, three minutes of hyperventilation and a period of recording during drowsiness and sleep are included in a standard tracing. The sleep may be spontaneous or induced by chloral hydrate or barbiturates. Drugs used in the activation procedure, including dosages, should be indicated in the report.

How/Where to Submit to the FAA

Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.

Updated April 2016