Eric Shreder is uniquely qualified to be your Aviation Medical Examiner. His passion for flying started long before he became a medical doctor. He started his aviation career at McDonald Douglas and Boeing as a cockpit design engineer. Already an accomplished pilot and Certified Flight Instructor at the time, his love for flying became his full time job after he graduated from Villanova.

After deciding he would rather be his own boss and help people, not machines, he packed up the family and went to medical school. With his time dedicated to studies he did not get to fly as much as he liked but he always knew as soon as he could he would become an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).

In 2001 before really having started his medical practice he got his certification from the FAA and became a medical examiner. It was not long after that he became a Senior AME and could perform all classes of flight physicals.

In the years that followed an office move from Val Vista Lakes and Lakeview Family Medicine in 2007 to the Pierpont Office complex down the road we always held appointment spots daily for his pilots. As other AME retired and moved on Dr. Shreder has adapted his practice to maintain a balance of taking care of his medical patients and always making time for his pilots.


Special Issuances

Dr Shreder is experienced in expediting ANY SPECIAL ISSUANCE if it is at all possible! Because the FAA has a well defined protocol for most Special Issuance medical conditions, there is no advantage seeking one AME over another. The AME that will pick up the phone and call on the airman’s behalf, is the one that you want!

HIMS – Human Intervention Motivation Study

HIMS is specific to commercial pilots and coordinates the identification, treatment and return to the cockpit of impaired aviators. Companies, and pilot unions, along with the FAA and your AME work together to preserve the careers and further air safety for specific airman who require this program. The FAA will send you a letter telling you if you require a HIMS AME – it is a select few Senior AME’s like Dr. Shreder who participate in the HIMS program.


Certification Basics

Duration: Airman medical certificates expire in 6 – 60 months depending on age and class, the general rule is:

  • 1st Class (ATP): Every 12 months if younger than age 40, Every 6 months over 40
  • 2nd Class (Commercial Pilots): 12 Months
  • 3rd Class (Private / Student / Recreational Pilots):
  1. 2 Yrs if Over 40 Old
  2. 5 Yrs if Under 40 Old

Not just an AME

Our family medicine side of our practice can accommodate pilots and their families with their general healthcare needs including:

  • Blood pressure control
  • Diabetes control
  • Weight loss
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Esthetic services

These services may be especially important given the FAA’s emphasis on weight loss and sleep apnea.

Don’t forget to log on to the FAA website to start your application paperwork https://medxpress.faa.gov/

We at Dr. Shreder’s office look forward to assisting you with your aviation needs.

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