Air Traffic Controller Medicals
Required and regular to keep you safe
Air Traffic Controller Medicals are required by all Trainee Air Traffic Controllers and need to be renewed post validation on a regular basis, as this role is an important safety-critical position. The aim of such medicals is not to “fail” you but to help you to continue to work safely.
Approved in the UK to Provide Initial Air Traffic Controller Medicals
Since September 2012 NATS has held EASA Aeromedical Centre status, conferred by the UK CAA. As part of our services, we perform European initial Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) medicals.
With expertise in airline and military aviation medicine, as well as comprehensive knowledge of Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations, NATS is one of only three providers in the UK approved to provide initial European Class 3 medicals for Air Traffic Control Officers at our centres in Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Scotland.
With over 40 years’ combined experience in the aviation industry we understand the pressures and anxieties faced by air traffic controllers when attending ATC medicals as we already look after 1,900 NATS Air Traffic Controllers in the UK and Gibraltar. Rest assured, we are here to help you through the process.
Air Traffic Controller Medicals – The Cost Effective AnswerATCOs are expected to meet minimum medical standards throughout their operational careers. Therefore, in addition to providing initial ATCO medicals, we also offer renewal medicals for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC). To make things easier for those renewing we are able to provide medicals in our Prestwick Centre in Scotland and at Heathrow House, as well as at Swanwick, saving you time and money travelling.
Our hours of opening are Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 16.30, although we are also happy to discuss your specific needs and provide maximum flexibility to accommodate your requirements.
We will let you know which identification documents are required and which forms need to be completed prior to attending your ATC medical. If you have any known medical problems, please contact us as early as possible to ensure you bring the correct documentation with you and so we can advise of any further medical tests which may be necessary.
In most instances you will receive your European Class 3 Air Traffic Controller medical certificate on the same day. Occasionally, additional tests or a review by the CAA may be needed for specific conditions. In such cases, we will explain the regulatory requirements to you and help you with the process.
Initial medicals take approximately one hour and you will also need comprehensive vision testing. Therefore, we will arrange your eye examination for you at our local optometrist, in conjunction with your medical, to save you time and to ensure you are seen by someone who is familiar with the CAA requirements.
NATS successfully completed a CAA audit in our centre at Hampshire in November 2013, confirming our ability to provide air traffic controller medical examinations, so you know you are in capable hands.
You can find out more about what is assessed and why on our Medical Examination infographic.
For individual advice, or to arrange your ATCO medical examination please contact the NATS team by phone on +44 (0) 1489612810 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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