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This evaluation meets the requirements when requested by the FAA to obtain a substance abuse and/or mental health assessment by a “HIMS trained psychiatrist”. The normal process for this evaluation includes e-mailing a scanned copy of the FAA letter for review and the pilot requesting the FAA in Oklahoma City to send a copy of your medical records, also known as a “Blue Ribbon File” to our office, which must be reviewed for a FAA-approved evaluation per regulation. Additional documents may be requested depending upon the reason for the evaluation. Upon receipt of the pilot’s “Blue Ribbon File”, a face-to-face assessment will occur. This meeting takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours and only 1 meeting is necessary. At the end of this meeting a general assessment and any recommendations are discussed with the pilot. If a HIMS Psychiatric report is requested by the pilot to be sent to the FAA (or any other party), the report will be sent within 10 business days after the face-to-face meeting.
The HIMS AME is somewhat like the family doctor of aviation, while a HIMS Psychiatrist is one of a variety of specialists the HIMS AME may refer the pilot in order to help the pilot maintain or reinstate his/her medical certification. Sometimes the FAA will recommend in the FAA letter that the pilot seek an evaluation by a HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner. A HIMS AME evaluation may sometimes be sought by a pilot on their own when there is a substance abuse and/or mental health (including a SSRI antidepressant) issue for which the pilot is looking for guidance as to how to best proceed. Also, a HIMS AME evaluation is an excellent way for a pilot with a substance abuse and/or mental health issue to find out where he/she stands with regards to how the pilot’s issue(s) relates to FAA requirements for medical certification. The process for a HIMS AME evaluation generally includes the pilot sending applicable medical records from treating providers as well as requesting their “Blue Ribbon File” (i.e., FAA medical records) be sent from the FAA in Oklahoma City. A face-to-face meeting may occur only once if, for example, the pilot is only looking for guidance from a consultation. If the pilot is looking to be monitored for issues related to substance abuse or while being treated with a SSRI antidepressant, for example, a succession of meetings occur over a period of time, the length of time being determined by a variety of factors, including monitoring requirements by the FAA.
All pilots are required to be in possession of a current medical certificate to validate their pilot’s license. ExamineAir, LLC offers examinations for First, Second and Third Class medical certifications.