Scheduling FAA medical exams

Paul and Bella flying the Maule

Welcome to TQ Flight Medicine! Our practice is composed of three senior FAA examiners - myself Paul Turnquist, MD, Thomas Gross, MD, and Joseph Hagan, MD. Tammy Grant-Gero is our office manager. She will help to schedule your exams, and take care of your paperwork and eye exams in our office. You will find her a great source of information and help in maintaining your medical certification. Isabella Turnquist, my wife, also helps on a part-time basis with office clerical work.

CORONA VIRUS NEWS. THE DOVER OFFICE IS OPEN, AND WE WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE NEEDING A PHYSICAL. Several good Aviation Medical Examiners, working for organizations, are seeing their practices temporarily closed. We will do our best to accommodate everyone. On the other hand, FAA physical certifications expiring in April through June are now extended through June 30th. So some pilots may decide to wait until June to obtain their physicals. Please keep to your scheduled months as much as practical, as we cannot perform 3 months of physicals in the last month, June.

After much thought and consultation, we have decided that for now we will not do Basic Med exams. The concept of Basic Med is good - that a private pilot should be able to have his or her private doctor certify that their patient is safe to fly. Your private doctor is not an FAA medical examiner - when we perform a physical, you are receiving it from a medical examiner, not your private doctor. The exam we do is structured to certify your safety to fly, not to address your long-term medical screening issues. But the FAA states the Basic Med exam is a primary care full medical exam, which addresses long-term health issues. This raises legal issues that are at first not apparent. So until these issues are resolved - we must defer Basic Med exams to your private doctor.

It has been our experience that the requirements for passing a FAA third class private pilot exam are not stringent, and one need not have angst concerning successful completion of these exams. Any medical issues that arise are usually easily handled by our staff and the FAA. One should note that the Basic Med exam will not allow a pilot to fly into Canada, which is constraining for pilots living in New England.

Our main office is in Dover, New Hampshire. However, we have an office in Lincoln, Maine at Penobscot Valley Hospital. I work there full-time as an Emergency Physician, and have had requests from the local pilots to perform physicals, so we will provide this service. Unfortunately, the Lincoln, Maine office (AND ONLY THE LINCOLN OFFICE) is now closed due to the Corona virus restrictions. AS ABOVE, THE DOVER OFFICE IS FULLY OPEN AND OPERATING. I am working on resuming physicals in Lincoln - please call my cell phone 207-415-6722 to work out a schedule.

We have stopped performing physicals at Plum Island. Sorry - it was, and is, a most enjoyable place, but there are only so many hours in a week!

Tammy (at Dover 603 749 7979, fax 603 749 7920)can schedule your physical. When the office is not open, please leave a message on the phone and expect a call in a day. Alternatively, you may email your scheduling request to Please include your preferred email address and phone number. This sends your request Tammy, and you can expect her to respond within a day. (Note scheduler@tqflightmedicine is not yet a hyperlink! You will need to type this address into your email program address location.)

Scheduling Calendar for June 2020
Scheduling Calendar for May 2020
Scheduling Calendar for April 2020

MedExpress is here - it replaces the old paper pilot medical information form. It may be accessed via the internet at It must be used, there are no paper forms available. It should be completed before your exam. Call us if you have any questions. If you make a mistake, we can correct this at your physical.

EKG's are performed by the doctors, during the exam, if one is needed. This provides you a quality control check prior to transmission of the EKG. If you have a special issuance, or are treated for hypertension, please check if you need paperwork from your treating physician prior to presenting for your physical. Most special issuances require a letter from your doctor on a yearly basis.

We are currently credit card enabled. However, please use checks or debit cards for payment if possible. If you have any questions, please call or email us.

Driving directions to the Dover office

Address 1 Webb Place Suite 10, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

We are located on the western side of Dover, about a mile west of Wentworth-Douglas Hospital. The Spaulding Turnpike (Route 16) begins at I95 just south of Portsmouth, NH. It courses north of Durham, and wraps south, then west, of Dover. The office is one block north-east of exit 9 on the Spaulding Turnpike (note: this is exit 9, not route 9, which is exit 8). At the first traffic light, turn right, travel one block, turn right again, and you will see a white two-story building on your right. Continue into the building's parking lot (on the front of the building), and we are located on the second floor on the left side of the building.

Driving directions to the Penobscot Valley Hospital office

Address 7 Transalpine Road, Lincoln, Maine 044457

The office is in the professional arts building adjacent to the hospital. Come in the main door, take the first door to the left, and you are here! Driving directions - Interstate 95 Exit 227 (yes, forty miles north of Bangor!), head east 6 miles, through the highway 2 traffic light, continue straight up the hill till the road dead-ends at the hospital. A right turn, then immediate left, up the parking lot hill, and you will see the Professional Arts building on your right.

Thank you! Paul Turnquist, M.D., Joe Hagan, M.D., and Thomas Gross, M.D.

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