Understanding Aviation Medicals – Often pilots are thought of being in a different class but when it comes to a medical, which class is right for you?
The purpose of an Aviation Medical is to protect the life and health of pilots and passengers by making reasonable medical assurance that an individual is fit to fly. Pilots, air traffic controllers and cabin crew are all required to have a current aviation medical. Along with completing the Air Law and Human Performance exams, a current aviation medical certificate is required prior to any student being sent solo for the first time.
There are three classes of aviation medicals for pilots:
- Class 1 – For commercial pilots
- Class 2 – For private pilots
- LAPL – For private pilots holding a LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilots Licence) that may not have qualified for a class 2 medical
To apply for an aviation medical, you need to have a medical examination by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). In order to find an AME near you, the CAA website has an easy to use search function which lets you find an AME in a location that suits you.
At an aviation medical assessment, the AME will assess the following:
- Medical History
- Colour Vision
- Physical Examination
- Lung Function Test
- Haemoglobin Blood Test
- Urine Test
On average, an initial class 2 aviation medical assessment will cost from £150. As long as all requirements are met, an aviation medical certificate is current from the day of the assessment.
If the AME does not issue your aviation medical certificate on the day of your assessment, all is not necessarily lost, it simply may mean that the AME wishes to send you to an appointment with a specialist for further testing prior to the issue of your certificate.
The validity of a class 2 medical certificate depends on what age you are when you are examined. A class 2 aviation medical is valid for 60 months for a person under the age of 40, however if you are issued with a class 2 medical certificate before you reach 40, it will no longer be valid once you reach 42 years of age. If you are aged between 40 and 50, the certificate will be valid for 24 months, however if you are issued with a class 2 medical certificate before you reach 50, it will no longer be valid once your reach 51 years of age. If you are aged 50 or over, the certificate will be valid for 12 months.
If you have any questions or worries about your Medical or not sure which one is required then please feel free to talk to your instructor or contact Harriet 0207 118 8998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org