It can be daunting going for a first-time medical – this examination will either allow or deny you your dream of gaining a PPL. However, if you don’t have any underlying medical conditions there is no need to worry. If you do, simply call your local medical examiner. The CAA list out all licensed medical examiners in a handy database for you to search by county or postcode.  Below is a list of what is involved in a normal Class 2 EASA medical:

Form Filling: There’s a short form that is required to be completed to find out your full medical history – it’s quite detailed and asks for family history, STI (?) history and vision/hearing test history. To make things easier (an jump the queue!) you can print and fill this form out at home here.

Passport: You’ll need to bring sufficient I.D. with you

Urine sample: Before the examination the nurse will ask for a urine sample – so don’t have a nervous wee just beforehand!!

Blood Test: This is a finger prick blood test which measures the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.

The Medical Examination: When called in by the doctor, they will measure the following:

  • Colour vision – You will need to pass an Ishihara test for the initial issue of a medical certificate.
  • Eyesight –  If you wear glasses or contact lenses it is important to take your last optician’s report along to the examination
  • Physical Examination –  It will cover lungs, heart, blood pressure, stomach, limbs and nervous system (reactions). You’ll have to take your top off, and trousers in most cases.
  • Hearing
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Lung function test (spirometry)

You can find more information on the medical examination on the CAA Website here

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