MFS (Medical Flight Screening) was designed to augment the Flying Class I (FCI) physical exam performed at local Flight Medicine Clinics across the USAF on active duty pilot applicants. The certification stamp on the FCI exam will note "pending successful completion of MFS" which means it requires the additional MFS evaluation. FCI examinations accomplished at USAFSAM need not return for medical flight screening since it is accomplished in conjunction with all FCI exams (and RPA pilot exams) done at USAFSAM and the combined evaluation is forwarded to HQ AETC/SGPS for simultaneous certification.
If you did not have your FCI physical done at USAFSAM or USAFA then the following applies to you - the MFS evaluation is accomplished on pilot selectees just prior or en-route to IFS/UPT. Candidates will undergo neuropsychological testing, ophthalmology testing, and anthropometric measurements. Those candidates certified for FCI with waiver for any vision issues will be reviewed/re-evaluated by optometry and ophthalmology to ensure they are stable and remain within waiver limits. If the condition is stable the waiver will be validated by the Aeromedical Consult Service (ACS) and the candidate is cleared to proceed to UPT/IFS etc. If there are changes or new findings, we will re-accomplish your waiver and expedite it to AETC/SG for review and certification.
Historically, there are 5% of MFS evaluations that fail to meet FCI standards due to vision problems or anthropometric measurements. If a condition is identified during your MFS evaluation, you will have an opportunity to discuss the abnormality and waiver guidelines with one of our specialists. Certification/waiver authority remains HQ AETC/SGPS at Randolph AFB, TX. Due to the nature of this program, medical waiver requests are expedited (within 24-48 hrs) to avoid delays for those in route to IFS or UPT.
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