Aviation Medical Exam

Mango Medical

Podiatry & Primary Care Practice located in Kamuela, HI

If you’re an aspiring pilot, you can’t take flight without passing an aviation medical exam. Get yours done with Timothy Duerler, MD, at Mango Medical in Kamuela, Hawaii. Dr. Duerler is FAA certified to provide class 2 and class 3 aviation medical exams. Don’t wait any longer to chase your dreams; get qualified with an aviation medical exam at Mango Medical today. Book your appointment online or over the phone.

Aviation Medical Exam Q & A

What is an aviation medical exam?

An aviation medical exam is a physical exam that all aspiring pilots must take and pass in order to become a pilot in the United States. The only exception is for pilots who plan to operate a balloon or a glider.

At Mango Medical, Dr. Duerler is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide aviation medical exams for class 2 and class 3 certifications. A class 2 certification qualifies you as a commercial pilot, flight engineer, flight navigator, or air traffic control tower operator. A class 3 certification qualifies you as a private or recreational pilot.

A class 2 certificate is typically valid for 12 months, while a class 3 certificate is generally valid for 24 months.

What happens during an aviation medical exam?

During an aviation medical exam at Mango Medical, Dr. Duerler starts by going over your medical history and your current medications, and discusses whether or not you believe you have any physical or mental conditions that could impede your abilities as a pilot.

Specifically, he wants to know if your medical history includes:

  • Neurologic issues like epilepsy
  • Treatment for cardiovascular problems like heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mental conditions that make you unable to safely operate your craft

Next, Dr. Duerler checks your vitals, measures your height and weight, and performs a number of tests, including:

  • Vision acuity tests (near, intermediate, and distant)
  • Eye muscle test
  • Color vision test
  • Urine tests for albumin and glucose levels
  • Hearing test

During your exam, Dr. Duerler also examines you for symptoms of substance abuse and dependency. If you’ve had substance dependency issues in the past, you need clinical evidence that you’ve abstained for at least the past two years.

When should I take my aviation medical exam?

It’s best to sign up for your aviation medical exam before you begin flight training. That way, you can find out if you have any disqualifying medical conditions before you enroll and pay for classes.


When you come to see Dr. Duerler, make sure to bring a list of all your current medications, including their dosages, as well as any medical devices you use, such as hearing aids or glasses.

Mango Medical offers same-day appointments as well as regular appointment scheduling, so you can get your exam done at your convenience.

If you’re ready to take your aviation medical exam, or you’d like to learn about the cost of certification, book an appointment with Mango Medical. Schedule your appointment today, online or over the phone.