Dr Justin Carter BSc MBChB MRCP

Aeromedical Examiner    www.pilotmedical.co.uk


There are requirements particular to class 3 medicals so please spend time preparing for your medical to minimise problems on the day.

A summary of requirements for class 3 revalidations / renewals are here. The complete document laying out the UK CAA interpretation of European requirements are in this document.

Changes from Jan 2017:

From the 1st Jan 2017 the regulations will change significantly as the European Class 3 certificate is replaced by the EASA Class 3. The structure is much more closely aligned to the other EASA AvMed certificates. The periodicity of some tests will change and a comparison of the old European class 3 and new EASA Class 3 appear on this table. The full regulatory framework text appears here.

I suggest you use this checklist to prepare for the medical:

  1. 1.Bring your passport

  1. 2.Bring a completed Medical certificate application form. Don’t sign it until the medical.

  1. 3.Bring your current or expired medical certificate.

  1. 4.Use this table (applies from 1/1/2017) to determine if you need an eye test. Most will simply need tonometry (the ‘puff of air test’ measuring pressure inside your eyes) at the first medical after the age of 40. If that applies to you, take this standard eye exam form to an optican to complete. Those of you who wear glasses may need a ‘comprehensive opthalmology examination.’ Wether and how often you need such an exam depends on the ‘strength’ of your prescription (number of dioptres). The date of your last comprehensive opthalmology examination date should appear on your current medical certificate. If you’re uncertain, drop me an email. If you need a comprehensive opthalmology examination, take this extended eye exam form for your optician to complete.

  1. 5.If you have glasses, bring them (even if you wear contact lenses - we’ll check your eyes with and without glasses).

  1. 6.If you have any medical conditions or are on any medication (particularly new diagnoses or treatments) email me beforehand with details. I want to help you prepare for the medical to minimise problems on the day. Various CAA flowcharts for common medical conditions specific to Class 3 holders are given towards the end of this document.

  1. 7.Many will need a finger prick haemoglobin blood test. Whilst I’m taking that blood we could use a drop to check your lipid profile. For some this is mandatory but for most it’s optional. So consider if you would like your lipid profile checking at the medical.  I’ll use the information to calculate your stroke and heart attack risk over the next decade and discuss strategies to reduce elevated risk.

  1. 8.If you would like a chaperone to be present during the medical, either bring someone with you or let me know beforehand if you’d like me to make arrangements for one.

  1. 9.Bring some means of paying (see fees and paying pages) unless you work for a company with whom I have an arrangement (presently only DTVA ATCOs).

Getting ready for your class 3 medical

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