Effective Date: May 01, 2017
Expiration Date: May 01, 2023
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This section details requirements and procedures for medical certification of NASA aircraft's primary crewmembers. It is applicable to NASA Headquarters and Centers, including Component Facilities, and applies to both civil service and contractor pilots flying NASA aircraft. This section does not apply to space flight or to astronaut pilots.
7.2.1 Pilots. Pilots shall hold an FAA First-Class medical certificate, military pilot flight physical, or obtain a NASA flight medical certification, renewed annually or more frequently, if specified by the Center Director or a competent medical authority.  At the discretion of the Center's Chief of Flight Operations, records of aeromedical certification conducted by non-NASA Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) may be reviewed and accepted by a NASA Aeromedical Physician.
220.127.116.11 Flightcrew of high-performance jet aircraft or ejection-seat configured aircraft shall obtain a military pilot flight physical or NASA flight medical certification. 
18.104.22.168 Pilots 55 years of age and older shall be medically certified every 6 months. 
7.2.2 Flight Engineers. Flight Engineers shall hold either an FAA Second-Class medical certificate, military flight physical, or obtain NASA flight medical certification, which will be renewed annually or earlier if specified by a competent medical authority. 
7.2.3 Other Primary Aircrew. Other primary aircrew shall hold either an FAA Third-Class medical, military flight physical, or NASA flight medical certification, which will be renewed annually or earlier, if specified by a competent medical authority. 
7.2.4 Qualified Non-Crewmembers. Qualified non-crewmembers shall obtain medical clearances as required by Center procedures. At a minimum, a medical screening will be conducted by a NASA physician, as appropriate for the mission. 
7.2.5 Primary Aircrews Removed from Flight Status Due to Medical Disqualification. Center Directors shall establish procedures, in coordination with their personnel offices, to ensure that primary aircrews are assigned to duties not involving flight if they become medically disqualified. 
7.3.1 Copies of current medical certification shall be kept on file at the primary aircrew and qualified non-crewmembers' operating site. 
7.3.2 Upon completion of a flight physical, the individual will notify the Chief of Flight Operations of the pass/fail status. The Chief of Flight Operations may request certificate confirmation from the awarding authority.
7.3.3 Centers may choose to accept flight physicals conducted by non-NASA AMEs (e.g., an FAA-AME). At the discretion of the Chief of Flight Operations, a review of the records of aeromedical certification by a NASA Aeromedical Physician can be requested.
NASA Aerospace Medicine Board. When requested by the Center or individual, the medical examination results of pilots who do not meet the required standards may be reviewed by the NASA Aerospace Medicine Board and NASA Medical Policy Board and reviewed and adjudicated in accordance with the board's charter.
7.5.1 Flightcrews shall report Special Issuances (FAA Waivers) and FAA Statements of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) to the Chief of Flight Operations for review and acceptance by a NASA Aeromedical Physician.  The NASA Aeromedical Physician is authorized to grant a waiver for Special Issuances.
7.5.2 Considerations for NASA-specific aeromedical waivers will be processed through the NASA Aerospace Medicine Board and the NASA Medical Policy Board, as appropriate.
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