Aviation Medical Examiner

Dr Justin Carter

PREPARING FOR A CLASS 3 MEDICAL


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. The EASA document behind this is on the EASA website at this location.


Please use this checklist to prepare for the medical:
Please see the Covid Page or the CAA website or your employer (if applicable) for guidance on wether you wish to have or require a medical exam. If you plan to attend for a medical examination, please review this questionnaire and follow the instructions at the top of the page. If you have answered 'Yes' to the initial questions, please email me a copy of the completed questionnaire before the medical appointment. If not, there is no need to email me a copy, I will simply ask you to sign a copy when you arrive for the medical.

Please remember you will need to wear a face covering whilst inside the hospital. Im happy to supply you with a mask when we meet but you'll need some covering to reach the Cardiology Day Unit from the entrance.


  1. Bring your passport or other photo ID (eg driving licence or airside pass)
  2. Bring a completed Medical certificate application form. Don’t sign it until the medical.
  3. Bring your current or expired medical certificate.
  4. Use this table 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’ at an opticians. The date of your last comprehensive opthalmology examination date should appear on your current medical certificate. Wether and how often you need such an exam depends on the ‘strength’ of your prescription (number of dioptres). To work out how often an extended opthalmology exam is needed, the CAA issue an excel file into which you can input your last opticians 'prescription'. Once entered, the frequency of extended opthalmology exams appears at the bottom of the Excel worksheet. It's not very user-friendly so, 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. If there's any doubt about the need for an extended ophthalmology exam, I suggest simply having one done. They're usually free.
  5. If you have glasses, bring them (even if you wear contact lenses - we’ll check your eyes with and without glasses).
  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. The CAA produces flow charts for many conditions and these are widely available on the CAA website. If you have any of these conditions, you’ll need to comply with their requirements. Sometimes a summary or report will be required from whichever doctor is managing the condition.
  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,
  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.
  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).