Dr Justin Carter

Preparing for a UK CAA Class 1 Medical

Please remember at the present time, you will need to wear a face covering whilst inside the hospital.

1. The CAA have introduced a new customer Portal system (for all medical, licensing and engineering applications). In order to set up a portal account, you will need to submit proof of identity, which the CAA will then verify before your portal account becomes 'live'. The verification process can take 10 days and this will need to be done well before the medical. Once your portal account is set up, log into it and then 'Apply for a medical' of the type you require (Class 1,2,3,LAPL etc). This doesn't book a medical with me, it simply logs your application on the CAA system. To apply for the medical, you will need to complete an online medical questionnaire. Once your application is complete, it will be 'ready for approval' and this is done by me, the AME at the medical when you attend. I should warn, the medical application questionnaire is quite 'glitchy' and many fields require some data input (even ones which you think could remain blank) before you can move forward and complete the process. Trial and error is required! Finally, the CAA charge a fee to applicants and this fee needs to be paid by the applicant before the AME can access / perform the medical. The CAA fees are £14 for Class 1 and 3, £8 for Class 2 and Nil for LAPL. So too summarise, a) you need a portal account, b) use the account to apply for a medical and c) pay the CAA fee.
Without all three steps being completed, the AME is unable to access or perform the medical. The weblink to follow to set up a Portal account and pay for the CAA fee is here and a CAA document summarising the process is here.

2. Bring your passport, driving licence or airside pass as photo ID.

3. You must be able to give me your CAA reference number. Without it I can't open your medical file to perform the medical. Bring any current or expired medical certificate, these will carry your CAA reference number. If you don't know your CAA reference number (for instance if it's your initial medical or you've lost your previous certificate) you will need to look up and bring your CAA reference number. You can find it at the top of the page in the 'Personal Details' section of your CAA Portal Account homepage. To reiterate, unless you can tell me your CAA reference number, I can't open your file / perform any medical tasks.

4. This step is important OPTICIANS REPORTS:
If you need an opticians report you will need to bring one to the examination.
If you need one but don’t have one, I won’t be able to issue you with a certificate on the day.
If you need an opticians report, take this form to an optician, ask them to examine you, complete it and bring it with you.
You could help the optician by completing your own demographics (sections 1-13 and 302). The optician doesn’t need to complete section 310. Their sections are 303 to 323 and then name and address at the bottom.

Simple guide to work out if you need an opticians report:
a) If you don’t wear glasses or contacts (or if you do but               
have a ‘weak‘ prescription), you won’t need a report.
b) If you wear glasses / contacts and have a ‘medium          
strength’ prescription, you’ll need a report 5 yearly.
c) If you wear glasses / contacts and have a ‘high          
strength’ prescription, you’ll need a report 2 yearly.

What counts as ‘weak’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’ prescriptions are summarised in this 
requirements spreadsheet, but you’ll need to know how many dioptres your current lenses are to use the calculator, so I suggest using the simple a,b,c guide above.

If you use eye correction and are in any doubt, just have an eyetest done - they are usually cost 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. Often a summary or report will be required from whichever doctor is managing the condition (see the section on submitting reports).

7. All class 1 pilots 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 page) unless you work for a company with whom I have an arrangement (such as Draken).