The FAA's MedXPress will be released for users in the Northwest Mountain, Western Pacific, and Alaska Regions on April 16, 2007. FAA MedXPress will be available to all regions and applicants at a future date. FAA MedXPress is a web application used for the electronic submission, via the internet, of FAAForm 8500-8 applicant information (Items 1 – 20). All that is required for airmen to participate inFAA MedXPress is a valid E-mail address and the creation of an FAA MedXPress account. FAA MedXPress is another FAA initiative toward making the Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD) paperless and is intended to speed-up the processing of an Airman’s request for certification and to shorten the applicant’s office visit with the AME. Airmen participation in FAA MedXPress is strictly voluntary; as a result, applicants can choose to submit an FAA MedXPress application on-line or complete the hardcopy Form 8500-8 as usual. Regardless, the Aerospace Medical Certification Division strongly encourages AMEs to participate in this new FAA application. Applicants interested in FAA MedXPress should be directed to the FAA MedXPress website at: . The implementation of FAA MedXPress mandated the release of a new version of AMCS, whichincorporates specific FAA MedXPress functionality. AMCS version 2.0 will be released for use in early April 2007. Some of the changes AMEs will see in AMCS include the following:A new “Message Screen” will display when an AME logs into AMCS. The FAA will use this messaging capability to communicate important messages to AMEs.A new “Import Application” tab will be available for the searching and importing of application information entered by an airman via the FAA MedXPress system. An expanded Comments screen will require AMEs to enter comments for any changes made to Items 1-20 on applications that were submitted by an applicant via FAA MedXPress.