What to bring



Glasses and contact lens wearers - reasonably up-to-date prescription

A full bladder!

Means of payment - cash, UK bank cheque, debit or credit card except Amex, bank transfer before medical


For renewals, previous medical certificate or CAA reference number

Completed Form Med 160 - you can download the application form,  or I can email it to you.  Completing it before the medical saves a lot of time.  I can always supply the form when you arrive.


For the FAA I can do all classes of medical, including initial medicals for 1st (airline captain), 2nd (commercial flying) or 3rd (private flying).  

Prior to attending for your medical please create an account (this is free) with: 

FAA MedXPress

The FAA will email you the login details so that you can do your application online before you come.  Please email me the confirmation number or bring it to your appointment so that I can take over online to do the medical bit.

Make sure you fill all dates in US format and put your name and address exactly as you want it to appear on your medical certificate (don't forget to capitalise your name, street names etc, or these will be in lower case on your cert).

FAA validities:

A First Class FAA medical certificate is valid for 6 months.

A Second Class FAA medical certificate is valid for 1 year.

A Third Class FAA medical certificate is valid for 2 years; or 5 years if you are under 40 years old at the time of the medical.

All of the FAA validities are measured from the last day of the month.


One of the commonest reasons for failing a medical is red/green colour blindness. 

You may want more information on colour vision or the CAA's latest guidance on colour vision.

A lot of our pilots want to know more about ECGs.  An online tutorial and an article on ECG's make interesting reading for the curious!




I strongly respect your right to dignity during medical examination.  Intimate examination (i.e. breast, testicular and rectal examination) is not part of aircrew medicals.  


If you wish, you can download testicular self-examination leaflets here and breast self-examination leaflets here.


A chaperone is always present for female medicals and can be arranged for male medicals - just ask!