1st, 2nd and 3rd Class Flight Physicals
Greg Pinnell, M.D.
Private Pilot ~ Flight Surgeon USAFR
Marshall Brown, M.D.
Dr William L. Bray
Flight physicals can be done on site at:
The Saginaw Harry Browne Airport KHYX at 4855 Janes Road, Saginaw, MI 48601
The AvFlight located at KMBS – Midland-Bay City-Saginaw Airport at 8430 Garfield Road, Freeland, MI 48623
Battle Creek Airport (KBTL) at 237 North Helmer Road, Building 155, Battle Creek, MI 49037
Pontiac Airport (KPTK) Barnstormers FBO at Midfield, 6544 Highland Rd , Waterford Township, MI 48327
133 North 4 th Street, Suite 611, Lafayette, IN, 47901
Fees may vary between providers and are higher for applicants with health problems that require additional time.” with “Fees vary between providers and are higher for applicants with health problems that require additional time.
Before scheduling a flight physical, please consider the following:
Anyone concerned about not passing the flight physical because of a known health problem should contact an examiner before scheduling an appointment. Obtaining required tests or consultations in advance of the flight physical can save considerable time.
The blood pressure limits for certification are 150mm over 95mm. If these values are exceeded at the time of the flight physical you cannot be certified. If you have elevated blood pressure, you should see your family doctor for treatment then contact us for further information.
If you routinely or frequently take a medication, we need to know the brand/generic name and exact amount.
The FAA will not approve the use of any medicine which may effect mental clarity.
Do not wear contact lenses on the day of your exam as they prevent accurate testing within the allotted time.
We need to know the name, address and dates of all physician visits within the past 3 years.
You need not bring your pilot logs to the exam as proof of flying time. Estimates are acceptable.
Applicants in perfect health may not be certified if there is a history of documented DUIs or substance abuse. The FAA computers access national databases containing anything of public record and such facts cannot be hidden. If you have a problem in this area, please email us for further comments as certification is possible in most cases.
About the Examiners
Gregory A. Pinnell, M.D.
Dr. Pinnell is founder and flight surgeon for Air Docs. A board certified primary care physician working in an academic multi-specialty care center in Saginaw, Michigan, he is also an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University College of Aviation. He serves as a senior flight surgeon for the USAFR, and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Aeromedical Advisory Council.
A licensed private/instrument pilot, he has a rich background in medicine including working as an emergency room physician, medical examiner, and paramedic.
Marshall Brown, M.D.
Dr. Brown is senior aviation medical examiner for Air Docs. A board certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon in Saginaw, Michigan, he is a private pilot with instrument, multi-engine, and tail dragger ratings. He currently flies a Maule M7 and is an advocate for general aviation.
Dr William L. Bray
Dr William L. Bray has been a designated AME since 2000, performing Class 2 and Class3 exams. He is double boarded by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He is an Air Force Reserve flight surgeon and currently serves as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 434th ARW, Grissom ARB, IN. He has over 600 military and 50 civilian flying hours, including over 200 hours in fighter aircraft. He is a certified medical review officer and holds a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine.
Special thanks to the FBOs that provide us with facilities for our medical examinations:
Flight Instruction ~ Ground School ~ Aircraft Rental
Avflight Air Center