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Comprehensive Aeromedical Lesson Plan for CFIs: A Complete Guide

This comprehensive lesson plan provides everything you need to teach aeromedical factors effectively, including a detailed PowerPoint presentation, a simple lesson plan format, a student workbook with quizzes, and additional resources.
Comprehensive Aeromedical Lesson Plan for CFIs: A Complete Guide
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As a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), ensuring your students have a solid understanding of aeromedical factors is crucial for their safety and success in aviation. This comprehensive lesson plan provides everything you need to teach aeromedical factors effectively, including a detailed PowerPoint presentation, a simple lesson plan format, a student workbook with quizzes, and additional resources. Below, you will find an overview of my lesson plan and how to access the materials. I am currently working on more of these so let me know if this is something you could use in the comment section below. These take me a while to complete, but I hope to complete the full Private/Commerical Lesson Plans soon.

Lesson Plan Overview


The purpose of this lesson is to educate student pilots on obtaining a medical certificate, understanding its importance, recognizing medical deficiencies, and mitigating various medical conditions in aviation. Key regulations and best practices will be covered to ensure compliance and safety.


  • FAR 61.23 (Medical Certificates)
  • Advisory Circular (AC) 68-1 (BasicMed)
  • FAR 91.17 (Alcohol and Flying)
  • FAR 91.211 (Oxygen Use)
  • NTSB Part 830 (Reporting of Aviation Incidents)

Key Points

  1. Process of Obtaining a Medical Certificate
    • Types of medical certificates and associated privileges and durations.
    • BasicMed program for eligible pilots.
  2. Recognizing and Dealing with Common Aeromedical Issues
    • Hypoxia
    • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
    • Hyperventilation
    • Ear and Sinus Problems
    • Spatial Disorientation
    • Motion Sickness
  3. Importance of the IMSAFE Checklist
    • Pre-flight self-assessment to ensure pilot fitness for flying.
  4. Regulations on Flying After Scuba Diving
    • Understanding nitrogen absorption and decompression sickness.
  5. Addressing Fatigue, Stress, and Dehydration
    • Impact on pilot performance and safety measures.
  6. Decision-Making in Medical Emergencies
    • Immediate actions and best practices.

Materials and Equipment

  • Student Workbook: Detailed explanations, diagrams, and quizzes to reinforce learning.
  • PowerPoint Presentation: Visual aids to support teaching.
  • Lesson Plan Document: Step-by-step guide for instructors.
  • Supplemental Materials: Relevant FAA regulations and advisory circulars.
  • Computer with Internet Access: For using MedXpress and accessing additional resources.

Lesson Outline

  1. Introduction to Medical Certification in Aviation
  2. Steps to Obtain a Medical Certificate
  3. Operating Limitations with Medical Deficiencies
  4. Overview of Medical Certificate Types, Privileges, and Durations
  5. BasicMed: Requirements and Procedures
  6. Hypoxia: Types, Symptoms, and Mitigation
  7. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Detection and Immediate Actions
  8. Hyperventilation: Causes, Symptoms, and Mitigation
  9. Middle Ear and Sinus Problems: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
  10. Spatial Disorientation: Causes and Countermeasures
  11. Motion Sickness: Causes, Symptoms, and Mitigation Strategies
  12. Nitrogen and Decompression Sickness After Scuba Diving
  13. Recognizing and Responding to In-Flight Medical Emergencies
  14. Alcohol and Drugs: Risks and Regulations
  15. Dealing with Fatigue, Stress, and Dehydration
  16. Decision-Making: Nearest Airport vs. Continuing to Destination
  17. IMSAFE Checklist: A Vital Self-Assessment Tool

Completion Standards

  • Explain how to obtain a medical certificate.
  • Identify different types of medical certificates and their requirements.
  • Describe BasicMed and eligibility criteria.
  • Recognize symptoms and mitigation strategies for common in-flight medical issues.
  • Conduct the IMSAFE pre-flight self-assessment.


  • Review FAA regulations on medical certification and oxygen use.
  • Read AC 68-1 regarding BasicMed.
  • Research one of the medical conditions covered and present mitigation strategies.

Accessing the Materials

To download the complete set of resources for this lesson plan, including the PowerPoint presentation, lesson plan documents, student workbook, and quizzes, click the link below:

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This comprehensive package ensures you have all the tools necessary to provide a thorough and engaging lesson on aeromedical factors. Equip your students with the knowledge they need to fly safely and confidently.


Incorporating this aeromedical lesson plan into your training curriculum will not only help your students pass their exams but also ensure they understand the critical importance of maintaining their medical fitness throughout their flying careers. Stay informed, stay safe, and happy flying!

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Marcus Gollahon

Marcus Gollahon

Airline Pilot at SkyWest Charter, blends flight expertise with a passion for teaching and coding. Committed to aviation excellence and innovative education.

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