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By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
January 18, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Flight Physical  

If you are currently a professional pilot or you are in training to become one, you are already aware of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding your physical exam. Your medical requirements will vary depending on your certification level. Knowing what to expect from your flight physical will help you to prepare. Dr. Joseph Ravid and Dr. David Persaud are doctors at Gulfview Medical Institute in Port Charlotte, FL. They can provide you with a flight physical.

What to Expect from Your Flight Physical

Dr. Ravid or Dr. Persaud will perform the following assessments:

  • General physical: Your doctor will check that all of your limbs are functioning properly and that you have no physical disabilities or problems with movement.
  • Weight and height: As well as recording your weight and height, the doctor will also calculate your body mass index.
  • Blood pressure: To pass your flight physical, your blood pressure must not be over 155/95. You must also not have any irregularities in your heart rate, such as tachycardia or arrhythmia. If your doctor does notice an irregularity, you may be required to take further tests.
  • Hearing and sight: Your hearing test evaluates your ability to hear a conversation at a distance of six feet. The vision test is designed to assess your long and short-distance vision, your color differentiation, and your depth of field.
  • Mental health: Your doctor will take your full medical history, this should include any history of neurological, personality, or psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder, epilepsy, delusions, and hallucinations. You must also provide details of any history of substance abuse.

Depending on your certification level, you may also require the following tests:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood cholesterol level
  • Urine test

If you live in Port Charlotte, FL, and you need a flight physical, contact Dr. Ravid of GulfView Medical Institute at (941) 505-2100 to schedule an appointment.

By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
April 10, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Flight Physical  

How your doctor in Punta Gorda, FL, can help with a flight physical

If you are a pilot, chances are that you are familiar with a flight physical. However, if you are a soon-to-be-pilot, you may want to know more. Dr. Joseph Ravid is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner at Gulfview Medical Institute in Punta Gorda, FL, and there he offers flight physicals to help you stay healthy.

The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, requires Class I and Class II medical fitness certifications to become a professional, commercial pilot. A Class II certification is required for pilots who fly as a hobby. A Class I certification is required to be a commercial pilot. During a Class I flight physical, your doctor will:

  • Check your eyesight and hearing
  • Perform a comprehensive physical examination including your lungs, heart, blood pressure, stomach, extremities, and nervous system
  • Perform an electrocardiogram (EKG) to determine any abnormalities in heart rhythm or other heart functions
  • Check your lung function to establish your ability to breathe deeply and expel the air from your lungs
  • Order laboratory tests of blood cholesterol and hemoglobin
  • Order a chest X-ray

Your doctor may also counsel you on lifestyle habits, including avoiding drinking and smoking for at least three months before your medical certification.

When you come in for your flight physical, please bring any relevant medical records with you, and your confirmation number to the appointment. The FAA requires you and your doctor to complete Form 8500-8. To view and print a copy of this form, please click on this link:

Class I flight physicals are required every year for commercial pilots. If you are over 40 or are an airline transport pilot, you need to renew your medical certification twice each year.


Need an evaluation? Give us a call

If you need a flight physical, you need an expert. To learn more about flight physicals, call Dr. Joseph Ravid of Gulfview Medical Institute in Punta Gorda, FL, at (941) 505-2100. Call today!