Aviation Medical Examiner

Dr Justin Carter

PREPARING FOR A LAPL MEDICAL
Each medical consists of
  •     You preparing for the medical by checking requirements
  •     Completing an application form (before arrival)
  •     Time spent discussing any symptoms or relevant history
  •     A physical examination
  •     Any tests (eg an ECG) IF mandated by the CAA
  •     Entry of all relevant data onto your centrally held record
  •     Issue of the medical certificate (assuming youre fit!)

The examination will usually take about an hour and the medical certificate will usually be issued at the time of the examination.

A summary of requirements for LAPL medials are here.

I suggest you use this checklist to prepare for the medical:
  1. Bring your passport.
  2. Bring a completed Medical certificate application form. Don’t sign it until the medical.
  3. Bring any current or expired medical certificate. If you have ever had an aviation medical certificate issued in the UK before, you will have a CAA REFERENCE NUMBER. You will need to bring that with you. Without it I can’t open your CAA file (or hence perform a medical). If you don’t know it and don’t have any of your old certificates, you’ll need to ring the CAA to obtain it before you come for the medical. Usually, just bringing any previous medical certificate and License will do because your CAA ref no is printed on these.
  4. If you wear glasses or have problems with your eyes, have an eye test before your medical. If you have an eye test, bring the opticians usual report with you or ask the optician to complete this form and bring it with you. If you have no known eye problems, I’ll be able to assess your visual system with a standard examination as part of your medical without the need for an opticians report.
  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. Consider if you would like your lipid profile checking at the medical.  Its optional for this class of medical but if you choose to go ahead, 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).