Aeromedical Evaluations

Pilot / FAA Aeromedical Neuropsychological Evaluations

Pilots, pilot candidates, and Air Traffic Control Specialists are sometimes required to obtain a
psychological and/or neuropsychological assessment as part of their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certification. Our neuropsychologists provide unique and specialized examinations approved by the FAA, including administration of CogScreen-Aeromedical Edition (CogScreen-AE), if required. The purpose of testing is to evaluate for potential neurocognitive or psychological deficits that may interfere with flight performance or flight training. Depending upon the reason for referral, CogScreen-AE may be administered independently or incorporated into a more comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

If you have been contacted for such an exam, the FAA or your designated medical examiner will provide specific details and guidance as to which tests are required for maintenance or renewal of your special issuance medical certificate.

We understand the importance of these evaluations to a pilot’s professional life and can often schedule evaluations quickly to accommodate deadlines.

What does an aeromedical neuropsychological evaluation entail?

  • The evaluation begins with a comprehensive clinical interview to review family, developmental, social, and medical history. This is typically followed by administration of CogScreen-AE, a computerized test battery that was specifically designed to assess skills that are predictive of problems related to aviation. The test provides information about thinking and motor skills related to flying that other traditional measures do not. Certain conditions require only the administration of CogScreen-AE, as long as performance on the test is deemed acceptable. Some candidates will also require more comprehensive neuropsychological testing, which involves the administration of questionnaires and tests of memory, language, attention, problem-solving, thinking speed, visual perception, reaction time, and personality. All these data are combined to provide you and the FAA with objective and comprehensive information about your strengths and weaknesses.

How long will testing take?

  • The initial interview generally takes about an hour, and test administration can last between 3 and 6 hours. A results report is available approximately 2 weeks after testing.

Please feel free to contact us at (617) 259-1895 for more information regarding FAA Neuropsychological Aeromedical Evaluations at CPA or fill out our online intake form.

 

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