Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) Medical Information

Information for applicants

The new EASA regulations for pilot licensing and medical have been introduced in the UK.  A quick guide is available which includes guidance on which medical certificate is required for each licence.  Applicants are advised to read this carefully to decide which licence they require and therefore which medical certificate to apply for.  Please note that only one EU medical certificate may be held at any one time.

Periodic Medical Assessments
Medical assessments and examinations for the LAPL may be done by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or your NHS General Practitioner.  Guidance on the mechanism for applying for a medical certificate is available.  Applicants with significant medical issues are advised to gather information from their own doctors (GPs and specialists), and then be assessed by an AME.  AMEs can provide advice on what information to take to the assessment.
For GP assessments, the application form is available for download and should be taken to your GP appointment. If you are having a medical with an AME they will give you the appropriate form.

Information for General Practitioners undertaking assessments
A quick guide for GPs is available outlining the relevant procedures to follow.  The process for medical assessment is shown in the Guidance for UK GPs flow chart.  An assessment report template is provided for GPs to keep a record of their findings.

The EASA regulations for LAPL medical certification, together with the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) (Section 4, page 41) may be found on the EASA website. 

Where a GP is unable to complete an assessment or the fitness decision has to be made by an AME, the GP should provide relevant information for the applicant to take to the AME for assessment.  Most applicants who do not meet the DVLA Group 2 medical standards should normally be referred to an AME for assessment. Those only meeting the car driving (DVLA Group 1) standard may be assessed  by an AME for restricted certification.  A referral form is available.

Submission of Results of Assessments by General Practitioners to the CAA
The results of assessments are submitted to the CAA by completing an online form.  Instructions for completing the form are also provided, along with a list of limitations that may be applied to the medical certificate, as necessary.

Please ensure you read the instructions for completing the Online form prior to submission.  If the form is completed incorrectly this will produce a certificate with incorrect validity dates.

When you click the submit button you will receive an on-screen message containing the reference number of the application and a link to the SRG1207 Medical Certificate. You will need to print and sign the certificate and have the applicant sign it too. In the ‘stamp’ field please apply your practice stamp and annotate it with your GMC number.  You will need to give the signed certificate to the applicant and you must keep a copy of the certificate in the applicant’s NHS (or military) medical records.

You will receive an e-mail confirming the submission of the form within a few minutes.  You do not need to reply to the e-mail, but you must click on  the link to access the medical certificate in order to print it.  Please report any fault with this service to the CAA webmaster

Guidance on using the online form with Google Chrome.

Decrease in Medical Fitness
If you experience a change in your health status you must cease flying immediately and seek the advice of your AME or your GP if he/she issued your last medical certificate. The UK CAA has developed a procedure for returning to flying.


Updates to Requirements

Amendment 1
AMC17 MED.B.095 Dermatology

In cases where a dermatological condition is associated with a systemic disease, full consideration should be given to the underlying illness before a fit assessment may be considered.

AMC18 MED.B.095 Oncology
(a) In the case of malignant disease, applicants may be considered for a fit assessment if:
(1) there is no evidence of residual malignant disease likely to jeopardise flight safety;
(2) time appropriate to the type of tumour has elapsed since the end of primary treatment;
(3) the risk of in-flight incapacitation from a recurrence or metastasis is sufficiently low;
(4) there is no evidence of short or long-term sequelae from treatment that may adversely affect flight safety.
(b) Arrangements for an oncological follow-up should be made for an appropriate period of time.