Overview

Mayo Clinic ProPilot program

Choosing Mayo Clinic ProPilot program

Pilots are valued professionals. Human resource directors and chief pilots who establish relationships with Mayo Clinic are ensuring their flight crews undergo well-planned preventive health screening and high-quality medical certification examinations.

Many pilots avoid medical exams, even preventive services, because they fear losing their FAA medical certificates. This avoidance often results in these pilots receiving substandard medical care. Unaddressed medical needs are a far greater risk to a pilot's career than well-planned preventive and aviation examinations. The best insurance for protection against unexpected medical issues for pilots is to become involved with a program of early detection. This usually results in the discovery of medical conditions at a stage compatible with continuing flight duties.

When the need arises, Mayo Clinic ProPilot members will have immediate access to expert flight examiners.

  • Experienced, focused care. Care is provided by a dedicated health care team with credentials and expertise focused on treating pilots. The aviation medical examiners in the Mayo Clinic ProPilot program have meaningful relationships with FAA medical personnel. Many of our staff members have civilian and military flight experience and leadership roles in aviation organizations.
  • Confidential evaluations. Medical conditions are addressed in a confidential, safe environment where pilots' professional accomplishments are respected. Whether a pilot has specific health concerns, needs preventive care or wants a potentially career-ending condition evaluated, Mayo Clinic is a safe haven.
  • Expertise in working with the FAA. Mayo Clinic has been home to the nation's first flight examiners, designated by the Civil Aeronautics Board in the 1930s. For more than 80 years, Mayo Clinic flight physicians have participated in research and cared for the needs of pilots. Our flight physicians are experts in working with the FAA on your behalf. You need answers? We'll get them fast.
  • Accurate and rapid assessment for specific conditions. Accidents and illness happen. We offer personalized evaluations for specific conditions that may impact flying status. Chief pilots and personnel managers have found this program useful for managing work restrictions for flight crew who encounter medical conditions. Mayo Clinic aviation medical examiners are trained in occupational medicine to serve these administrative needs.
  • Rapid access for catastrophic illness or injury. Mayo Clinic is known for treating patients with serious medical conditions. When a health crisis affects you or a colleague, Mayo experts are there to guide the care. We will rapidly evaluate your request and coordinate the assessment using a multidisciplinary model of care that has been the core of Mayo Clinic quality for more than a century.
  • Team approach, tailored to your needs. Comprehensive care is provided by an aviation medical examiner who coordinates your care with Mayo Clinic's many subspecialists, as needed.
  • Aerospace research. Research and innovation have been part of our aerospace medicine culture since the 1930s. Mayo Clinic physiologists and altitude scientists developed several items vital to military pilot safety during World War II. Many inventions — such as the five-bladder G suit, the "M-1 straining maneuver" for fighter pilots and high-altitude bailout bottle — are now industry standards.

    Mayo physician-scientists continue to make discoveries in high-altitude aviation to protect pilots and passengers. They use this knowledge in training aviators about the risks of altitude-induced hypoxia and other risks.

Partner with Mayo Clinic ProPilot program so you and your flight crew can enjoy a long and healthy career.