Notice to All AMEs: AMCS Internet Access Mandatory October 1
Aeromedical Certification Division Staff Report from The Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin, Spring 1999.
Notice to All AMEs:
AMCS Internet Access Mandatory October 1
Aeromedical Certification Division Staff Report
Because of "Year 2000" compliance
issues, we will have a new Aeromedical Certification System (AMCS) Internet software
program in place by October 1, 1999. Aviation medical examiners (AMEs) who are currently
using the DOS-based Version 9.5 of AMCS to transmit FAA Form 8500-8 medical examination
data to the Federal Aviation Administration will no longer be able to use it on that date.
Instead, you will use your computer and modem to access the Internet to electronically
submit examination data to the AMCS. Additional information will be provided in the summer
issue of the Bulletin.
To describe how the new system will work, we have compiled 19 typical questions about
the new way of doing business.
1. How do I become an AMCS Internet v1.0 user?
You will be notified and sent an instruction package with the Web site address and
log-on information when the AMCS Internet v1.0 is ready to go on-line.
2. What are my responsibilities as an AMCS Internet user?
An AME who participates in the AMCS program will be responsible for entering and
transmitting all FAA Form 8500-8 application data using AMCS Internet v1.0. Once you have
entered the data using the AMCS Internet v.1.0, you will then mail the original copy to
the Aeromedical Certification Division in Oklahoma City.
3. How long does it take to enter FAA Form 8500-8 application data into the AMCS?
Once the initial learning curve has been passed, we estimate that a reasonably
proficient individual can enter an average application in five to seven minutes.
Individuals with previous PC and Internet experience will generally find the AMCS Internet
v1.0 to be a very easy application to learn. Individuals with no computer and Internet
experience will generally require a slightly longer time to become proficient. Please note
that the five- to seven-minute estimate is partially offset by the amount of time that was
previously spent in typing the back of the form. The AMCS Internet v1.0 will be able to
copy previous application history for print outs. This, combined with a faster processor
and Internet connection, will significantly reduce data entry time.
4. What does the new AMCS do for me?
Assists you in eliminating accidental, missing, or out-of-range data on the FAA
Warns you of data that do not meet certification standards
Allows you to exercise your best judgment to take proper certification actions.
5. Do I have to enter the data while the applicant is in the office?
No. But you must enter and validate the application before issuing the certificate to
the applicant. The application will be automatically transmitted during validation. If you
do not enter the application data while the applicant is in the office, we recommend that
you either have the applicant return to pick up the certificate, or mail it to the
6. What computer hardware/software do I need?
The AMCS Internet v1.0 system requirements will support most computer operating systems
and platforms. However, whatever computer system you use must be able to support:
An Internet Protocol (IP) dial-up or local area network connection
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide the IP dial-up or network
The latest versions of World Wide Web browsers Microsoft Internet
Explorer® or Netscape Navigator®
When considering a new computer system or upgrade, we recommend that, for maximum
performance, you also consider the latest computer industry standards and models.
7. How much does the AMCS Internet v1.0 software cost?
There is no software for you to install on your computer. The only cost will be for
your Internet service provider connection.
8. Will the AMCS Internet v1.0 work on my Macintosh?
AMCS is designed as an Internet resource, so you will be required to run the latest
Macintosh version of either Microsoft Internet Explorer® or Netscape
9. When will the AMCS Internet program start?
It will become operational and on-line some time before October 1999. The program is
currently under development.
10. Whom do I call for help?
When the AMCS Internet version goes on-line, then you will able to call the AMCS
Hotline during normal business hours and they will answer your questions.
11. Do I send my applications to the Region if I'm either a new AME or a new senior
New AME policies vary from Region to Region. Please contact your Regional Flight
Surgeon for more information. However, all applications are to be entered via the AMCS
12. Do I have to transmit all of my applications using the AMCS Internet v1.0? What
if they contain extensive lab reports?
All applications, including deferrals, should be entered using the AMCS Internet v1.0.
Attachments may be mailed with the original form with the signature and a cover letter on
your office letterhead identifying the airman by name, social security number, and
application date. Any additional comments about the applicant may be entered in Item 60.
13. What sort of documentation is available?
AMCS Internet v1.0 is still in development and we will begin testing it soon. We will
send documentation availability announcements to you when available.
14. What sort of training is available?
Training announcements will be sent out when the software program has been validated
and is ready for use by AMEs.
15. What time of day can I connect?
You can connect to the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have trouble
connecting, contact you local ISP. If you have trouble using AMCS Internet v1.0, you will
be able to contact the AMCS Internet Hotline during regular business hours, and they will
investigate the problem.
16. Do I need a special phone line?
Although a special phone line is not necessary, you may find it convenient.
17. What speed modem should I use?
Whatever modem and speed is compatible with your ISP. A fast modem will allow a fast
18. May I have the applicant enter the information from the front of the FAA Form
8500-8 directly into the AMCS Internet version?
No. The applicant should not enter the data from the front of the form into the
Aeromedical Certification System because he or she could conceivably view data on your
other aviation medical applicants.
19. Can I use this software for military and Air Traffic Control (ATC) applications?
No. There currently are no plans to use the AMCS Internet program for entering ATC or
Dr. Silberman manages the Civil Aeromedical Institute's Aeromedical