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 an EU Part-FCL 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 an EU Part-FCL 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.
If you are applying to the CAA for an EU Part-FCL PPL or LAPL, you will need to include an EU Class 2 medical certificate for a PPL/LAPL medical certificate. Your application will be delayed if a medical certificate is not included with your licence application to the CAA.
A licence will not be granted by the CAA for these licences using a Pilot Medical Declaration.
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. The Pilot Medical Declaration is available here.
Unfortunately, applications by post or e-mail cannot be accepted.
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.
Your licence is invalid without a current medical declaration. It is your responsibility to renew the declaration if it has expired and to inform the CAA of any changes in your medical status.
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 a LAPL with an
appropriate medical for that aircraft at the time of the flight. EU Part-FCL 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 2020 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.
A pilot with a UK-issued EU Part-FCL PPL or LAPL may fly Non-EASA aircraft within UK airspace in conjunction with this declaration.
CAP1441 is a table setting out PPL
Licence privileges, type of aircraft to be flown and medical requirements.
Read all @UK_CAA
The UK’s regulatory approach to recreational General Aviation delivers acceptable safety performance – a new independent safety review has concluded
25 February, 2020
Proposals to increase options for training aircraft among latest achievements for the CAA’s General Aviation work
16 January, 2020
CAA launches consultations on proposals to allow initial paid flight training on Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights
6 January, 2020
Read all News
How safe is recreational flying in the UK
25 February, 2020
Bringing ADS-B surveillance trials to airfields
1 March, 2019
Girls in aviation day
22 October, 2018
Read All Blogs