Checking you meet safe medical standards
To obtain or retain a valid licence to fly it is essential that you meet pilot medical standards – it is one of the requirements of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to keep you and the public safe. It is necessary to hold a valid medical certificate before you can be granted a Commercial, Multi-Crew or ATPL licence.
Location for Initial Pilot Medicals and Renewals
Performed by UK CAA Approved Medical Examiners, the NATS Aeromedical Centre will perform your pilot medical exam at the following locations, which may vary according to whether your pilot medical is an initial licence or renewal and the classification of your licence:
- On NATS premises in Swanwick, Hampshire (Initial and Renewal Class 1 and 2)
- In the Prestwick Centre in Scotland (Initial and Renewal for Class 1 and 2)
- At Heathrow House (Initial Class 2 and Renewals for Class 1 and 2 )
- At Heathrow Airport (for BAA pass holders only) (Initial Class 2 and Renewals for Class 1 and 2)
Our hours of opening are Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 16.30, although we are happy to discuss your specific needs and provide maximum flexibility to accommodate your requirements.
Medicals for revalidation and renewal of pilot medicals for Class 1, 2, 3 and LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot) Licence holders are available. Besides providing for your general physical examination, the NATS Aeromedical Centre also provides facilities for an ECG, spirometry, haemoglobin, cholesterol testing and audiometry in-house, provided as part of your initial Class 1 or 2 pilot medical.
NATS is also qualified to carry out pilot medical examinations for EU and international pilots requiring EASA Class 1 and 2 medicals.
Passing Pilot Medical: What’s involved?
You will be advised about which identification documents are required and which forms need to be completed prior to attending your pilot medical exam. 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 you if you need any further medical tests.
In many instances you will receive your fitness to fly certification on the same day, providing no further tests are required. Occasionally, additional medical tests or a review by the UK CAA may be needed for specific conditions. In such cases, we will explain the regulatory requirements to you and help you with the process.
Your initial medical will take approximately 1 hour. For initial Class 1 medicals, you will require comprehensive vision testing. We will arrange your eye examination at our local optometrist in conjunction with your pilot medical examination, saving you time and ensuring you are seen by someone who is familiar with the CAA requirements.
For individual advice, or to arrange your pilot medical examination please contact the NATS team by phone on +44 (0) 1489612810 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAPL Medicals The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is replacing the NPPL (National Private Pilot’s Licence).
Pilots with Physical Disability We offer pilot applicants with physical disability advice about medical certification (EASA Class 1, 2, 3 or LAPL).
Eyesight and Aviation Medicals Can I still fly or be an air traffic controller if I wear glasses? Often the answer is yes.