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Class 1 Pilot Medical Service
Flyingmedicine is a well-established company focused on developing
evidence-based Aviation and Occupational
Flyingmedicine Ltd offers
a range of regulatory medical and
training services to both individuals and businesses. Our ethos is to
provide a high quality and affordable service to all clients whether large
45 days before the end of the medical certificate.
I wear contact lenses. Should I wear them to my medical?
If you wear contact lenses whilst flying you are required to have available in the
aircraft one pair of spectacles which correct for all required distances. I prefer if
you bring these glasses with you otherwise please remove the contacts 24 hrs
before the assessment and we will then test your vision without and then with
the contacts in.
Should I bring an updated optician’s eye prescription to my medical?
In short Yes. The form should include the following information
When should I contact my Aeromedical Examiner between medicals?
The UK CAA requires licence holders to seek advice from their Aeromedical
Examiners if they
(1) are aware of any decrease in their medical fitness that might render them
unable to safely exercise those privileges;
(2) take or use prescribed or non-prescribed medication that is likely to interfere
with the safe exercise of the privileges of the applicable licence; or
(3) receive any medical, surgical or other treatment that is likely to interfere
with flight safety
In addition, licence holders shall, without undue delay, seek aeromedical
advice when they:
(1) have undergone a surgical operation or invasive procedure;
(2) have commenced the regular use of any medication;
(3) have suffered any significant personal injury involving incapacity to
function as a member of the flight crew;
(4) have been suffering from any significant illness involving incapacity to
function as a member of the flight crew
(5) are pregnant;
(6) have been admitted to hospital or medical clinic; or
Should I contact the CAA if I am unfit to fly?
You'll need to contact me and I can advise
If you are Class 1license holder I will forward an official ‘Temporary Unfit’
letter if appropriate in conjunction with the CAA.
If you are Class 2 license holder, it will usually be appropriate for me to
determine if you are unfit.
Does a Class 1 initial examination still have to be done at an AeMC
Yes. Applicants have to be a minimum of 17 years. Here is the link to the
What age can someone fly solo?
Under EASA there is no lower age limit for a Class 2 initial medical licenses
but an individual needs to be over 16 to fly solo.
I have a colour deficiency since birth will this prevent me from becoming a
Not necessarily. As long as the colour deficiency you have is deemed colour
safe then you could go one to have a rich and fulfilling career as a pilot.
The test which is done is Ishihara plates. If there is an error in your colour
perception then you would be referred to get a CAD test. Passing the CAD
would mean you your colour deficiency was deemed safe to operate aircraft in
all lighting conditions. Your license would not be restricted or endorsed in any
If you however didn't manage to reach the safe thresholds you could still gain a
pilots license but could only fly during daylight hours.
For more information about CAD ( Colour Assessment and Diagnosis) test click
on the following link.. More information can be found here. Or watch the video
on CAD here
The following medication is acceptable to use whilst flying: Loratadine,
Desloratadine, Cetirizine, Fexofenadine. Beconase and Flixonase nasal sprays
are also permitted
You cannot fly within 24 hours of taking other antihistamines.
I have been told I am obese, will this affect my medical?
Those with a BMI in excess of 35 require additional cardiovascular risk
estimation and a medical flight test. More information here.
Do I have to have a Class 1 medical to instruct?
No, from 17 September 2012 EASA Class 2 license holders can be paid for
I have an OML limitation on my Class 1 licence, does this affect my Class 2
No. An OML only applies to Class 1 privileges, therefore a Class 1 licesne
holder with OML can instruct on the basis of his Class 2 status as single pilot.
Can you arrange additional blood tests like Cholesterol, Thyroid, Vitamins,
PSA, Allergy or Clotting risks?
Yes we can arrange all types of testing.
Can you also update Travel Vaccines like Yellow Fever or prescribe
Yes as a travel clinic we can update all currently available vaccinations and
preventative strategies against Malaria.
What if my blood pressure is up and I have white coat hypertension- will I
get my license?
Occasionally people attending their medical find that their blood pressure (BP)
This may be due to subtle anxiety related to the medical, morning coffee, a
morning medical or it may in fact be due to chronically elevated blood pressure
A reasonable way to remove doubt is by checking blood pressure readings at
Omron BP machines which check BP through a arm cuff have been validated to
I would recommend buying one which can store data and measuring home
blood pressure morning and evening for a few weeks before the medical is due.
If the BP is regularly above 140/90 then I would suggest reviewing the findings
with you GP before the aeromedical assessment.
Other ways to reduce blood pressure is by reducing salt from the diet, reducing
alcohol, reducing weight and undertaking more cardiovascular exercise.
If the blood pressure is less than 140/90 then bring the readings to the
Further information can be reviewed on this helpful CAA hypertension flow
What is the process if I've recent had surgery
Its not uncommon for pilots to need surgery at some point whether this is for
musculoskeletal issues like back surgery or for unexpected events like an
As soon as you've had surgery-
You MUST NOT to use the previleges of your license and must ground
issued your previous aeromedical certificate.
You can do this by clicking on the link below or calling us on 03334043232 if
we did your last medical assessment.
The AME will issue you with a Temporary Unit letter and give you a process to
follow to enable your license to be re-instated.
This normally involves waiting for your treating doctors/ specialists to give you
the all clear to return to work and issuing you with a letter detailing what
occurred, any complications or medications needed and whether there are plans
for future reviews or management.
Once you have this letter you should contact the Aeromedical doctor who can
then give further direction. Sometimes this just means an update to the CAA to
re-instate your license, at other times this would entail having a functional
assessment check with the AME to ensure your safe to operate the aircraft
before contacting the CAA.
The process is usually straight forward.
The re-instatement proformas can be found in the Useful Links section on this
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