More and more pilots show up on the AME’s doorstep armed with the wrong or not enough paperwork to pass an FAA medical exam. That could be mean waiting a half year or more for the FAA to issue a medical when you could have been issued a certificate on the spot if you only had the right paperwork in place to support an otherwise approved medical condition.

Wingman Med is a new third-party aeromedical service with a unique military Top Gun experience for helping pilots navigate the complicated path to certification. In this field report, Aviation Consumer magazine Editor-in-Chief Larry Anglisano sat down with Wingman Med’s Dr. Keith Roxo for a primer on the service and some good advice for surviving the next visit to an AME.

Larry Anglisano
Larry Anglisano is a regular AVweb contributor and the Editor in Chief of sister publication Aviation Consumer magazine. He's an active land, sea and glider pilot, and has over 30 years experience as an avionics tech.


  1. I got caught up in a poorly prepared AME and then the FAA Medical Certificate bureaucracy, late in my 18 month nightmare I learned of and hired WingManMD. Keith was great to work with, knowledgeable of the FAA Byzantine process and helped get my medical back. Can not recommend them strongly enough if you have anything to report to the FAA on a medical condition. But, get them started at the beginning!,

  2. In a word (or two): BasicMed. If you don’t need to fly IFR any more and don’t need to be anywhere at a specific time, why put up with the BS?