JAA Class 1 and 2 Medicals

Is my JAA Class 1 or JAA Class 2 still valid?

Previously, anyone wishing to train as a commercial pilot or a private pilot needed to gain a JAA Class 1 or JAA Class 2 medical certificate to show they were fit to fly. However, this certification is being replaced, on renewal, by the EASA Class 1 and EASA Class 2 medicals and certification.

JAA Class 1 or JAA Class 2 certificates are being replaced, on renewal, by the EASA Class 1 and EASA Class 2 certificates.

JAA Class 1 or JAA Class 2 certificates are being replaced, on renewal, by the EASA Class 1 and EASA Class 2 certificates.

JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities) medicals are transitioning to EASA Class medicals, under the European Aviation Safety Agency. The CAA has issued an information notice, which states “no JAR  medical certificate will be valid beyond 7 April 2017”, and changes such as the EASA medical certificates referring to GBR rather than the UK, to be in line with the United Nations code for the United Kingdom, will be seen on the newer certificates.

Currently, JAR Class 1 and JAR Class 2 medical certificates are deemed to be equivalent to EASA medical certificates. However, JAR certificates are no longer being issued (the last ones issued were on 1st July 2012) and when it is time to renew your aviation medical certificate you will need to see the AME (Aeromedical Examiner) for the appropriate EASA certificate.

Will the new EASA Medicals be very different to the JAA Class Medicals?

The two medical certificates will be very similar. The EASA Class 1 medical requirements are very similar to JAR Class 1 requirements and if anything the EASA Class 2 medical requirements are slightly less onerous than JAR Class 2.

The transition from JAR to EASA medical certification should be fairly straightforward for current UK JAR Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificate holders in the majority of cases. The application process will be very similar and the pilot’s current (last expired) medical certificate will still need to be seen by the AME at the medical, even when changing from a JAA Class certificate to an EASA Class certificate.

For more technical information about the JAA and EASA certificates please see the guidelines issued by the CAA, which contain further information on the new rules.

If you are just planning to renew your certificate with a medical, want more information or individual advice please contact our AME team by phone on +44 (0) 1489612810 or by email to medical.reception@nats.co.uk.

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