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Hi ,everyone, if I'm a private pilot add instrument rating, it's mean I need the same medical as private pilot ?

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    Mark Kolber on Feb 05, 2016

    With the risk of getting a “thumbs down,” the answer to both of your questions is in the FAR Part 61 section entitled, coincidentally, “Medical certificates: Requirement and duration.”

    Working on a certificate or rating is usually a good time to look at the requirements for it.

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  2. Skyfox on Feb 11, 2016

    As Mark pointed out, all the requirements are listed in part 61. Long answer short, your 3rd class medical continues to be valid for an instrument rating just the same as it did for your private rating. The 3rd class medical is valid for private, instrument, recreational, sport pilot, multi-engine, land airplane, seaplane, helicopter, balloon, blimp, etc. All you need a 2nd class medical for is if you start flying for hire under the privileges of a commercial pilot certificate, and you only need a 1st class medical if you’re flying an airliner with an ATP certificate.

    Also, the operation of a light-sport aircraft only requires a driver’s license as proof of medical eligibility. Check out 61.303 regarding all that.

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