Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Exams

FAA Medical Exam

Dr. John W. Burress has roughly twenty years of experience as a Senior AME and began serving as a HIMS* AME two years ago.  Dr. Burress established himself as an aviation medical examiner for the FAA while serving as Medical Director of a clinic at the Logan International Airport.  While continuing to practice in the downtown Boston area, Dr. Burress has built a nice mix of Class I pilots (fly professionally) and general aviators (Class III).  Dr. Burress maintains an excellent rapport with the New England FAA Regional Flight Surgeon and performs the regulated surveillance evaluations on ATC (air traffic controllers).  Dr. Burress takes pride in helping pilots work through clearance issues. His FAA practice includes fixed wing and rotary aircraft (e.g., emergency transport) pilots.


What to Bring

To obtain your medical certification:

  1. ​Fill out the MedExpress questionnaire online BEFORE arrival: 
  2. ​​Bring a photo ID and confirmation number from the questionnaire
  3. Bring any vision correction you normally wear (glasses, contacts)​
  4. ​​Airline pilots please inform front desk if you will need an EKG (baseline 35 then annually at age 40 and above if Class I) ​

Cost of the Exam

We accept debit or credit payment. 

  • Class 1: $200​
  • Class 2: $200​
  • Class 3: $175​
  • EKG if necessary: $50​
  • HIMS* initial evaluation is Class 1 examination; $200/hour thereafter


The FAA sponsored HIMS or *Human Interventional Motivation Study is an approach or program that coordinates the identification, treatment and return-to-work process for affected aviators. It is an industry-wide effort in which managers, pilots, healthcare professionals and the FAA work together to preserve careers and enhance air safety. It has been expanded to include pilots seeking to return to flying while taking anti-depressants (SSRIs) and general aviation pilots with complicated medical problems. More information is available: https://himsprogram.com/

The HIMS AME’s role is to help guide the pilot through the evaluation process, to collect the necessary data, and to summarize the pilot’s risk assessment. The data and summary are then submitted to the FAA.  The FAA will then make their determination regarding a Special Issuance or SI.