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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires every individual looking to become a licensed pilot to have a medical examination to ensure they are in good health before getting in the pilot’s seat.

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Types of Medical Certificates

Three different types of medical certificates are issued based on the intentions of the pilot applicant:

First Class (Airline)

This certificate is granted to those who are flying commercial transportation aircraft. If you are planning on working as a pilot with a major airline, this is the type of certificate you will need.  Certification for pilots under the age of 40 is required every 12 months, while pilots over the age of 40 are required to renew every six months.

Second Class (Commercial)

This certificate is granted to those who fly in commercial operations, such as crop dusting, pipeline and powerline patrol, flight instruction, or for hire, that do not involve scheduled airliners. Second Class certificates only need to be renewed every 12 months.

Third Class (Private)

This certificate is granted to those who are looking to fly for personal business or pleasure. Pilots under the age of 40 are only required to renew their license every 60 months; pilots over the age of 40 are required to renew every 24 months.


Dr. Grazer is an Aeromedical Examiner who performs examinations on future astronauts for Virgin Galactic.

Why Dr. Grazer?

When looking for a doctor to conduct your aviation medical examination, it is imperative you find someone who has an intimate understanding of the risks, requirements, and the process of flying an aircraft.

Dr. Grazer in Newport Beach has more than 6,000 hours of flight time and has been flying since he was 13 years old. Dr Grazer soloed three airplanes on his 16th birthday. He is currently rated as a commercial, single-engine, multi-engine, land, sea-plane, glider, and rotorcraft pilot.

Additionally, he is also a certified instrument, multi-engine, and glider flight instructor. As a medical and piloting professional in Newport Beach, Dr. Grazer is uniquely qualified to conduct comprehensive and effective examinations in order to ensure you are in the best health before you lift off.

Making an Appointment

Before you book your appointment with Dr. Grazer, go directly to the FAA’s MedXPress portal (MedXPress.FAA.Gov). Fill out the forms. This needs to be done prior to every medical examination. Call the office to schedule your appointment, and give the receptionist your confirmation number. This will allow you to set up your examination with Dr. Grazer’s office in Newport Beach as painlessly as possible. Dr. Grazer is a Senior Aeromedical Examiner that performs first, second and third class medical exams.

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