Medical certification for non-pilot flight crew

Information for Flight Navigators and Flight Engineers

UK CAA National Medical Certificates

UK CAA Class 1

For Flight Engineers and Flight Navigators the initial medical examination is the same as the ‘old’ CAA Class 1 (previously required for ATCOs).  It is similar to the Initial Class 1 medical examination but includes only the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination 
  • Eyesight (Generally follows Class 1 standards)  
  • Hearing test (Audiogram - UK CAA Class 1 initial standards are equivalent to EU revalidation standards
  • Electrocardiogram 
  • Lung function test 
  • Urine test

There is no requirement for an electroencephalogram (EEG) or blood tests.  The initial examination is done at the CAA Aeromedical Centre at Gatwick.

Renewal examinations can be done by any UK Aeromedical Examiner who can do Class 1 examinations.  It is similar to the Class 1 revalidation examination, but with no requirement for blood tests or extended eye or ENT examinations.

All certificates are valid for 1 year.