FAQ

FAQ

  • I am new to flying, which class of medical certificate do I require?

A lot depends upon your long term goals. If there is a chance you will undertake any form of commercial licence, then I recommend that you start with a Class 1 for the first test. This will ensure that you know of any issues that are likely to complicate future Class 1 certificates. Subsequent to that, you will only need to undertake the Class 2 until such a time that you need your Class 1.

  • How long does my medical certificate last?

A Class 1 medical lasts 1 year. If you are older than 60 and fly under an ATPL, a medical test lasts 6 months.
A Class 2 medical lasts 4 years if issued under the age of 40, otherwise 2 years
A Class 3 medical lasts 2 years

At all times, CASA may reduce these time frames if individual circumstances warrant greater surveillance.

  • I have a medical condition, how will this affect my medical certificate?

At a Medical Examiners Conference in March 2018, CASA advised that it processes approximately 28,000 applications a year. Of these, approximately 90 were declined, which is just over 0.3%. Chances are, your medical condition has been seen by CASA before, and there is a way to ensure that you can either obtain, or continue to fly with your medical condition, provided it is stable and has a low possibility of an unexpected outcome.

Pilots who have extensive experience and a new, debilitating disease processes are often still able to fly, albeit with restrictions in place that do not prohibit flying commercially.

  • What are the components to testing?

Class 1 Medical Certificate &  Class 3 Medical Certificate
At the time of being offered an initial medical clearance, the following tests are required

  • Blood tests
  • ECG
  • Audiology
  • Ophthalmology

For subsequent medical exams the following requirements are:

  • Blood and audiology tests are required on on the 5th and 10th birthdays (e.g. 25, 40 etc)
  • An ECG is required every 2 years for a class 1 until 40 years and then annually.
  • For a Class 3 an ECG is required every 2 years.
  • An Ophthalmology review is required every 2 years after the age of 60.

Class 2 Medical Certificate
No specific testing is required unless a medical condition requires ongoing review.

If you have any further questions, please contact me via the contact page

The Victorian Government has implemented Stage 4 restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne. These restrictions require all non-essential business to close, unless exempted.

SAR Aviation Medicine does not provide essential services and is now closed until the restrictions are lifted.

Those that have made appointments will be contacted in due course.

We will re-open for business at the earliest opportunity.

If you have any questions, or are under a CASA audit, please feel free to contact us.

Update 6 Sep 2020: There have been no changes to the restrictions as advertised by the Victorian State Government at this time.