Program Requirements

To be formally admitted into the professional piloting program students must show proof that they hold a current FAA First Class Medical Certificate.

FAA Medical Certificates
FAA approved Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) can issue one of three medical certificates, each having progressively greater restrictions:

  • Third Class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of the private pilot, recreational pilot, flight instructor, or student pilot certificates. This certificate is valid for three years for pilots under the age of 40 and for two years for those 40 and over.
  • Second Class airman medical certificate is required for commercial, non-airline duties, and is valid for one year. (Upon expiration, this certificate reverts to a third class medical for an additional one year.) Those exercising the privileges of a flight engineer or flight navigator certificate, or acting as an air traffic control tower operator, must hold a second class airman medical certificate.
  • First Class airman medical certificate is required to exercise the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate. This certificate is valid for six months. (Upon expiration, this certificate reverts to a second class medical for an additional six months.)

Students are required to show proof that they hold a current First Class medical certificate to gain formal admission into the program. This increases the likelihood of identifying a medical condition that could eventually prohibit someone from flying. For a list of AMEs, visit ame.cami.jccbi.gov.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the program but do not have the expectation of ever exercising the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate may request a waiver of the requirement of the first class airman medical certificate through JCC's director of aviation.