No matter what happens, fly the airplane first.  It doesn't matter what happens to the guy next to or in back of you

Carry a pencil, not a pen.  Pens are unreliable when stored in an airplane.

Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground 

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.  In that order.

The only time you have too much fuel is when you are on fire. Try not to be on fire.

Fly with your head, not your hands.

Remember:  GRABCARDD, GUMPS, FREDA.  Anything with moving parts will eventually break, stop and need 

    maintenance or replacement, including your knees

Those who hoot with the owls by night should not fly with the eagles by day.

The FAA says "Eight hours bottle to throttle"  practice 24 hours bottle to throttle. 

An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise them

Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

There are only two things that ever happen to a pilot - and they are both bad - you either get into an

    airplane one day knowing it is your last flight or you get into an airplane not knowing it is going

    to be your last flight.

A weather report is a horoscope with numbers.

Join AOPA and take the free courses through AOPA 

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

Accidents are the result of chains of errors and problems back to back ... a good pilot breaks a chain at two links.

​Save your pilot lic number in your cell phone as a phone number

Keep your hand on any knob or switch you throw - be ready to throw is right back if it seems to cause a problem

Do an oil painting of the cockpit of your first aircraft, it helps you memorize and will mean something later

Never ask a man if he is fighter pilot, if he is he will let you know, if he is not don't embarrass him and the difference between a fighter pilot and a pig is  

       that a pig does not stay at the bar until 3 am trying to pick up a fighter pilot.

Take a kid for an airplane ride ... just because... take their parents too.

Trust ATC.  They have the better view.

Get flight following  It's till free..  Carry two zip lock bags and TP at all times.

Understand what your autopilot does and what it does NOT do.  comprehend "modes"

Don't run out of altitude airspeed or ideas.  Look for the VASI/ PAPI on ILS

No one has ever collided with the sky.  A beautiful sky it a beautiful sky, but that same sky at night over water is hard IMC

If you can't tell if it's IMC or VMC, then it's IMC.

Density Altitude effects TO roll. 

Get a shaker or hand crank operated/charging flashlight, not just battery operated.

Carry back-up batteries for the noise cancelling headset, and have backup regular headset plugged-in.

Three 152's.  357 magnum and the pattern is 1000' AGL, 1500 for turbos

Not everyone else knows what they are doing.  If you are flying near someone like that then leave.

The SIFRA course is Free .... Don't get intercepted.   Know interception protocol and signals

Know your home field elevation and the closest major highway intersection.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than they can handle. Don't be that guy.

You are not the only plane in the sky ... you are probably not the only plane in that piece of sky ... if you think you are, you need to look harder.

Train your passengers to report other traffic.

Get instrument rated .... even if you do not plan to fly IFR, get the rating

You will still hear your instructor in your head  years later

Take command!  Fly the airplane. Do not let the airplane fly you.

Back-up, program, back-up, flight plan, anticipate nav/comm/gps failure

You always have the right to say "Unable"

Get a hand-held back-up radio with ILS capability

Turning base to final ... you will never be more alive than when you start that descent but you should not feel "busy".

No one has seen it all.   Many people who think they have, or thought they had, don't see anything anymore.

Experienced seasoned professional pilots do make mistakes, so does ATC - what matters is what and how quickly you do something about it.

Take good care of your airplane - take better care of someone else's.

Know who has the hanger next to you.

Dogs and babies don't like descent in non-pressureised aircraft. (see rule #1) If  you have a  non-crated dog on board, toss them a toy/treat to keep them busy, and help their ears clear before you start your descent checklist.  Hold babies upright and give a bottle to clear their ears

Don't become the pilot your instructor warned you about.

​A Commercial rating does NOT qualify you to execute commercial priviledges

Keep enough cash to fill your tanks hidden in your AP.

Photocopy your Driver Lic, Passport, Medical and Pilots Lic onto one sheet, fold it up and just leave it in your airplane

  • You Must use FAA MedExpress  
  • ​logon to  create (request) an account
  • retrieve your email link
  • follow the directions - fill out history
  • write down your confirmation number
  • ​bring that number to your appointment

Preparing for Your First Flight Physical

Welcome to the club.  Relax...

A basic third class student exam is really not a big deal if you are healthy.  If you played any High School Sports, it is not all that much more involved than that sports exam should have been.  However, your vision, color vision and ear nose and throat portion is more involved.  You will also need to provide a urine specimen which we need to check for glucose and protein.  You will undergo a very real thorough physical exam, but no - you will not need a rectal exam. 

FAA Flight Physicals

Scheduling  419 522 1100  Fax 419 522 4118

First Second and Third Class FAA Medicals, ATC and HIMS Medicals are available.

Yes.  We have EKG with electronic EKG transmission capability for  First Class Medicals. 

As of 2013,  All Medicals need to logon and use FAA-MedExpress.  There are no more 8500 paper forms

Air Traffic Controllers will need standard notice of authorization from the FAA and additional hearing testing


We are located near Mansfield Lahm Airport, (KMFD) and usually able to arrange ground transportation to and from the airport.  You must let us know ahead of time.   KMFD is a towered airport and has an assortment of Instrument Approaches, including ILS.   Ask for taxi to "Richland Aviation".   If you fly in with an instructor we are usually able to get you in/out and back to the airport with minimal delay. 

We are  sad to report that as of March 2105 we will no longer be performing Flight Physicals at Wyandot Memorial Hospital.  All Wyandot pilots are welcome in Mansfield. 

What if I have had a simple deficit?

Color Blindness, One eye, or I have a fake leg

General Information - Airman Appeals Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) At the discretion of the Federal Air Surgeon, a Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) may be granted, instead of an Authorization, to
a person whose disqualifying condition is static or nonprogressive and who has been found capable of performing airman duties without endangering public safety. A SODA does not expire and authorizes a designated Examiner to issue a medical certificate of a specified class if the Examiner finds that the condition described on the SODA has not adversely changed.In granting a SODA, the Federal Air Surgeon may consider the person's operational experience and any medical facts that may affect the ability of the person to perform airman duties including:The combined effect on the person of failure to meet more than one requirement of part 67; andThe prognosis derived from professional consideration of all available information regarding the person.In granting a SODA under the special issuance section of part 67 (14 CFR 67.401), the Federal Air Surgeon specifies the class of medical certificate authorized to be issued and may do any of the following:State on the SODA, and on any medical certificate based upon it, any operational limitation needed for safety; orCondition the continued effect of a SODA, and any second- or third class medical certificate based upon it, on compliance with a statement of functional limitations issued to the person in coordination with the Director of Flight Standards or the Director's designee in determining whether a SODA should be granted to an applicant for a third class medical certificate, the Federal Air Surgeon considers the freedom of an airman, exercising the privileges of a private pilot certificate, to accept reasonable risks to his or her person and property that are not acceptable in the exercise of commercial or airline transport pilot privileges, and, at the same time, considers the need to protect the safety of persons and property in other aircraft and on the ground.

More information on the FAA's

Home Website and Medical FAQ section

The Most Common SODA is issued for color blindness.  It is not uncommon for a  Flight Instructor to have already said something to you about being potentially color blind.  

Do you have trouble with the VASI or Tri-Color Approach lights?

what if your health is not perfect?

                Dad always said that "After 40 it's just patch, patch, patch"

What medical conditions does the FAA consider disqualifying? 
These are often referred to as "The Big Federal 15"
The following conditions are listed in the regulations as disqualifying medical conditions; however, in many cases when the condition is adequately controlled, the FAA will issue medical certification contingent on periodic reports.
- Angina pectoris
- Bipolar disease
- Cardiac valve replacement
- Coronary heart disease that has been treated or, if untreated, that has been symptomatic or - clinically
- Diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications
- Disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause
- Epilepsy
- Heart replacement
- Myocardial infarction
- Permanent cardiac pacemaker
- Personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts
- Psychosis
​- Substance abuse
- Substance dependence
​- Transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.
Other conditions not specifically listed in the regulations are also disqualifying. For further information refer to the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners.

There is a relatively New FAA Policy on Antidepressants

AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI). AME Assisted Special Issuance (AASI) is a process that provides Examiners the ability to re-issue an airman medical certificate under the provisions of an Authorization to an applicant who has a medical condition that is disqualifying under 14 CFR part 67.An FAA physician provides the initial certification decision and grants the Authorization in accordance with 14 CFR � 67.401. The Authorization letter is accompanied by attachments that specify the information that treating physician(s) must provide for the re-issuance determination. Examiners may re-issue an airman medical certificate under the provisions of an Authorization, if the applicant provides the requisite medical information required for determination. Examiners may not issue initial Authorizations. An Examiner's decision or determination is subject to review by the FAA.

What You Will Need that day

  • Government issued Photo ID
  • Your FAA MedExpress Number
  • Any Relevant medical records
  • ​be ready to pee in a cup
  • We do NOT need your log book

The Course is Free

The Special Flight Rules Course is Free

If there is any chance you will be in the area, you should take this course

Intercept Rules  comm 121.5

There are many things we carry in our airplanes that we hope we never need like flares and life jackets.  If you accidentaly overfly a TFR, and you are intercepted, probably by an F16, it is imperative that you tune in 121.5 speak to the pilot and follow intercept procedures.  Don't make them  launch flares or worse, roll and show you the underside of their wings.  

You can read up and see the outline for whatever condition(s) you have.  Getting those records together, or in some cases, letters and blood work, lab results and imaging studies may enable the doctor to issue you that day, rather than having to defer your medical to his Regional Flight Surgeon.

The AME Guidelines for the Doctor are available to the public 

Click Above

(not for ATC)


Welcome to Our Flight Physicals Page.  ​This is an informational page intended for pilots, air-traffic controllers, aviation professionals, student Pilots and their flight instructors planning their flight physicals.  FAA flight physicals are exams administered by FAA Medical Examiner Designes for medical fitness of flight. The exam is centered on discovery of conditions that may result in a sudden incapacitating event or in some other way compromise cockpit duties and the safety of the US or International Airspace Systems. As of August 2014 we are certified for FAA Air Traffic Controller exams.

Are You ColorBlind?

To the right are some simple color vision plates.  They are not all inclusive and do not cover all types of color blindness.  The FAA is also very specific that electronic versions of the color vision test are not legal for FAA exam purposes.  

These are provided for informational use only.

​If they are obvious to you then you may still have a different type of color blindness, but if you cannot make out all the numbers, then you are likely colorblind.

Do not laminate your medical certificate.   Your Medical will double as your pilot's license.  Your CFI will use it for your endorsements, and  the FAA DPE examiner will sign after you pass your check ride.  Do not loose your medical - only FAA can re-issue

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     Rehabilitation Center

We occasionally have phone issues. alternate

phones 614 975 1003 and 614 493 6631

Cheat Sheet

This is a free Sheet from an ATP course