I have held a PPL since 1970, having been awarded a Royal Naval Flying Scholarship when I was 16. How different life would have been had I accepted the offer of training as a naval helicopter pilot! I grew up in Farnborough, vocationally drawn to both flying and medicine. A summer of work as a professional guinea pig at The RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine further whetted my appetite and I was also lucky enough to spend three happy years flying Chipmunks in the University Air Squadron. I was frustrated in my ambition to become a Medical Officer Pilot, but my time as a station medical officer in the RAF gave me invaluable experience, not least of the medical issues affecting aircrew. I continue to fly and now own a very enjoyable (and economical) EV97 Eurostar.
Class 1 Medical Examination £165*
Class 3 Medical Examination £160*
Initial Class 2 Medical Examination £150*
Class 2 Renewal / Revalidation Medical Examination £130*
Cabin Crew Medical £100
Cholesterol (Class 1 and EU Class 3 at age 40) £48
*Inclusive of CAA submission fees and haemoglobin test where indicated.
Where a cardiologist opinion of an ECG is required, the fee is £50. In addition, case work such as referral letters, requests for medical reports and time spent on your behalf in order to be able to establish your fitness for medical certification will be charged at my normal rate as detailed in the practice fees page (click tab above).
PREPARING FOR YOUR MEDICAL - please read carefully!
The following advice is intended to remind you of what you need to bring with you to avoid unnecessary delay and about the things you can do to maximise the likelihood of a satisfactory outcome to your medical.
Applicants are strongly advised to study the CAA guidance material available through the links under the heading USEFUL INFORMATION at the bottom of the page. By clicking on the links in these sources you can become familiar with the regulations regarding any current or previous conditions or related medication and fitness to fly. For example, click on 'UK CAA Medical Information Page' > apply for a Class 2 medical certificate > Guidance for medical certification of private pilots (left hand side)> list of conditions > means of compliance in centre column and flow charts in right hand column > click to open these, print them and give them to your doctor when asking for advice or a report.
If you do have any important medical history, please try to bring GP or specialist reports with you when you attend, especially for your first medical examination with me. If you are unable to do so, I may be unable to issue a certificate until I receive adequate medical reports.
YOU MUST BRING:
Your medical cannot proceed without the following:
Photo ID, Passport preferred
Current or last CAA Medical Certificate
Spectacles, lenses and your lens prescriptions (if applicable)
Medical history / reports (see above)
The CAA require that you list your medical history on your Med 160 each time - don't just write 'no change'. Also, wait to sign it in front of me, since I have to witness your signature.
If indicated, Class 1 and Class 3 Medical Certificate holders who wear spectacles or contact lenses should download and print the vision specialist report form and guidance, hand them to their optician / optometrist to complete, then bring them to their revalidation / renewal medical. Generally, those to whom this applies will have been made aware at their last medical. Frequency is as follows: Class 1: If the refractive error is +3.0 to +5.0 or -3.0 to -6.0 dioptres, there is astigmatism or anisometropia of more than 2 dioptres but less than 3 dioptres, 5 yearly. If the refractive error is greater than +5 or -6.0 dioptres, there is more than 3.0 dioptres of astigmatism or anisometropia, 2 yearly. Class 3: If the refractive error exceeds +3.0/-3.0 dioptres, 4 yearly. Greater than -6 dioptres or an astigmatic component or anisometropia exceeding 3 dioptres, 2 yearly. Whenever you visit your optometrist, take a copy of these forms and a note of the requirements in case they apply to you. If in doubt, please call.
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
A 'heavy night' during the previous 3 days
A heavy, rich or spicy meal in the previous 24 hours
Aerobatics or very heavy exercise during the previous 2 days
Sexual intercourse during the previous 12 hours
(all of which can cause spurious findings on ECG and urine tests)
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Urine tests (try to be able to give a sample on arrival)
Eye tests with and without any lenses you rely on
Full general medical examination (but no intimate examination necessary)
ECG if required or indicated
Finger-prick haemoglobin test (only if indicated for Class 2 and 3)
Audiogram if required (Class 2 for Instrument Ratings only)