What are the medical requirements for a private pilot?

At a minimum, a private pilot must have a current third-class or higher medical certificate when acting as pilot in command.

A current first-class or second-class medical certificate is an alternative, as these two qualifications are more stringent.  However, a first and second-class medical certificate are generally reserved for commercial operations.  If under 40 years of age, the third-class medical certificate expires after that 60th month.  If 40 years old or older, a third-class medical certificate expires after the 24th month of the date of issue.

Reference(s):

14 CFR 61.23 Medical certificate: Requirements and duration

Other Pilot Certificate Topics

What regulations apply specifically to Robinson helicopters?

Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 73 to Part 61 governs training requirements and experience requirements for operating an R22 and R44 helicopters.

This requirement is primarily due to the increase vigilance needed by the pilot with regards to safely operating the low-initial rotor system.

Reference(s):

14 CFR Appendix SFAR No 73, Robinson R-22/R-44 Special Training and Experience Requirements

Other Pilot Certificate Topics