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If you hold a CPL or an ATPL, your licence will only be valid if you hold a Class 1 EASA medical
certificate. You also need a Class 1 EASA medical certificate in order to train for a CPL or an
Only one EASA medical certificate can be held at any one time and you can only apply for a
licence from the aviation authority in the EASA member state that holds your medical records.
You will require a medical examination by a doctor specialising in aviation medicine. If you are
aware of any personal or family medical history it would be prudent to mention this at the time of
booking your medical and they can then advise whether you will need to bring along additional
information/reports to the examination.
Download our flow chart: Guidance for Applicants for Initial Medical
Certificates in the UK (pdf)
The first step in the process is to contact an Aeromedical Centre (see below), which will be
able to provide you with personal updates as the process goes on.
If you do not already hold a medical certificate, you must contact an Aeromedical Centre in
order to undergo a medical examination. Aeromedical Centres are specially approved medical
facilities authorised to issue EASA medical certificates for pilots.
The examination and required tests take approximately half a day and appointments can be made
directly through the AeMC. There are set charges for all examinations and tests.
All current AeMCs are listed below.
Birmingham Aeromedical CentreRooms 18, 19 & 22 Forward HouseCargo TerminalBirmingham International AirportB26 3QT
Tel: 0121 781 0199
Phone: 01293 775336
Weekly House, Padbury Oaks, 583 Bath Road, Longford, Middlesex, UB7 0EH
NATS, Swanwick AeMC
note: Not approved for Initial EU Class 1 Pilot medicals. Initial EU Class 3
medicals are for NATS applicants only.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses you must bring your most recent optician’s report along to
Your AeMC will be able to help you with any additional individual preparations you need to make
before your appointment.
You will need to complete the medical certificate application form. This is a signed declaration
containing the following:
Download a blank medical certificate application
You may be asked to complete the form in advance of your appointment.
A medical examination at an AeMC may take up to 4 hours. The examination will include the
More detailed information on the examination
A medical certificate can be issued on the same day as the examination if all the requirements are
However, if the requirements are not met or further investigations are necessary then a
decision on your fitness for a medical certificate will take longer.
A Class 1 medical certificate is valid for 12 months, unless you are 40 or over and carry out
single pilot commercial air transport operations carrying passengers; or you are over 60. In both
cases, it is 6 months.
A new online system will soon replace existing paper-based medical application forms. Further updates will be issued in due course.
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