The health of air crew and air traffic controllers is an important component of aviation safety.
It is therefore a requirement of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that pilots and air traffic controllers meet certain medical standards and hold a current medical certificate.
Aviation Medicals are performed by accredited Designated Aviation Medical Examiners. To clarify, these are doctors who possess a post-graduate qualification in Aviation Medicine and participate in ongoing education in the field of aviation medicine.
CASA issues three types of medical certificates. Each class of medical certificate also has a medical standard set out in tables in Part 67 of the CASR.
Aviation Medical Certificate – Class 1
This medical standard applies to holders of an air transport pilot licence, commercial pilot licence (other than balloons), multi-crew pilot (aeroplane) licence, and flight engineer licence. Class 1 certificates are valid for one year.
Applicants must have a basic medical and ancillary tests, such as an audiogram, ECG, blood tests for glucose and lipids. Commercial pilots will also be provided with a referral to a Designated Aviation Eye Examiner (ophthalmologist). Depending on your age at the time of the medical, test requirements can vary.
Aviation Medical Certificate – Class 2
This medical applies to holders of a private pilot licence, commercial pilot (balloon) licence and flight radio operator licence. A Class 2 medical certificate is valid for four years for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of issue, and in all other cases for two years.
Applicants are required to have a basic medical but not the additional ancillary tests. For example audiogram, ECG, blood tests and referral for eye examination.
Aviation Medical Certificate – Class 3
This medical standard applies to holders of an air traffic control licence or flight service officers. The Class 3 medical certificate is valid for two years.
Applicants must have a basic medical but not the additional ancillary tests. For example audiogram, ECG, blood tests and referral for eye examination. A recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate allows appropriately licensed pilots to hold a recreational pilot’s licence (RPL) without needing to have a class 2 medical. The RPL is based on a modified unconditional driver’s licence medical certificate for a private motor vehicle.
Our CASA Accredited Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAME’s)
Dr Simon Andrade has a Certificate in Aviation Medicine and is a designated Australian Civil Aviation Authority provider of Aviation Medicals.
You must provide your Aviation Reference Number (ARN) when you book. If you do not have an ARN, please contact CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority).
Aviation Medical Appointment
Please allow for a 45 minute consultation. Before making your appointment you must register online at CASA. Please bring your ARN and all prescription eye wear to your appointment.