All pilot licences require a medical certificate or declaration of some description. While it is
fine to have a trial flight and some initial lessons, you should avoid committing to a full
training programme before checking that you meet the relevant medical requirements and undertaking
a medical assessment if one is required.
Depending on the type of flying you wish to do and your general medical fitness, there are
different options available for the type of aircraft that you may wish to fly.
To fly EASA aircraft (for example common general aviation (GA) types such as Cessna 152 or Piper
PA28) on a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), you need an internationally recognised Class 2
medical certificate obtained from an aeromedical examiner (AME).
If you want to fly EASA aircraft using a Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) you will
need a LAPL medical certificate. The LAPL medical assessment can be conducted either by your
GP or an AME and the LAPL medical certificate is valid throughout the EU.
To fly non-EASA aircraft (for example amateur built or microlight aircraft) you can use the same
medical certificates that you would for EASA aircraft. Alternatively you can declare your medical
fitness to the CAA (subject to certain conditions) by making a Pilot Medical Declaration.
Such medical declarations are only valid for non-EASA aircraft and for use within UK airspace.
A medical declaration (from 25th August 2016) is an affirmation of your medical ‘fitness to fly’
and may be used to exercise the privileges of a:
It is valid for flying with up to three passengers on board and in aircraft less than 5700 kg
Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM). The privileges of an Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) or
Night Rating - assuming colour safety has previously been checked by an AME - may be exercised on
non-EASA aircraft, but not a full Instrument Rating (IR). Subject to certain exemptions from the
EASA Aircrew Regulation, the declaration is only valid for non-EASA aircraft. It is not
automatically valid outside of the UK since it is not an internationally-recognised medical
standard, unless permission has been granted by the foreign state you are flying in.
The standard you must meet for the medical declaration is the Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Agency (DVLA) Group 1 Ordinary Driving Licence (ODL) and you must not suffer or have suffered from
a list of specified medical conditions.
You may fly an aircraft no greater than 2000kg MTOM, provided you are not taking medication for
any psychiatric illness. If you are taking medication for a psychiatric illness you must consult an
AME and apply for a LAPL medical certificate.
If you have, or have had, one or more of these conditions:
You must visit an AME and apply for a LAPL medical certificate.
Under the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 there is also a general requirement to not:
that might impair the safe operation of the aircraft. The ANO also allows the CAA to specify
additional conditions, which listed under the heading 'To fly any aircraft less than 5700kg
The Pilot Medical Declaration is a free service and the form can only be completed and submitted
online. Unfortunately postal applications cannot be accepted. The form is optimised for use with
Internet Explorer or Acrobat Reader. Other browsers may work, but with limited functionality. More
completion guidance and the Pilot Medical Declaration is at www.caa.co.uk/srg1210.
If you have reason to believe you no longer meet the DVLA Group 1 ODL standard, or suffer from
any of the specified medical conditions, you must withdraw the declaration by ticking the
appropriate box and re-submitting the form.
For minor and self-limiting conditions (for example colds, day-case procedures, minor
musculoskeletal injuries etc) withdrawal of your declaration is not required. You should, however,
not fly until you have fully recovered.
After initially making the declaration it is valid (unless it is withdrawn for one of the
reasons listed above) until the age of 70. After the age of 70, a new declaration must be submitted
every three years.
If you already have a Medical Declaration made under the previous NPPL system that is
counter-signed by your GP (Article 73A of the ANO 2009) and made before 25 August 2016, you do not
need to make another declaration until your current declaration has expired. If after 25th August
you develop a medical condition as described above, you should cease flying and seek advice from
your GP or an AME. Upon expiry of your NPPL medical declaration you must complete a declaration
under the new system.
You cannot use a medical declaration to fly an aircraft that has an EASA certificate of
airworthiness or permit to fly, unless you possess an EU Part-FCL PPL or an EU LAPL with an
appropriate medical for that aircraft. EU Part-FLP PPL holders will need an EU Class 2 Medical
Certificate. LAPL holders will need a LAPL medical certificate.
There is an EU exemption that allows UK national licence holders to fly certain EASA aircraft
until April 2018 that is limited to sailplanes, balloons and visual flight rules (VFR) flight in
single engine piston aircraft no greater than 2000 kg MTOM with a maximum of 3 passengers.
UK-issued EU Part-FCL PPL holders may use the Medical Declaration to fly non-EASA aircraft
within UK airspace.
CAP1441 is a table setting out PPL
Licence privileges, type of aircraft to be flown and medical requirements.
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