What to bring and what to expect at the medical


  1. Passport
  2. Spectacle and contact lens wearers – please bring a reasonably up-to-date prescription
  3. Contact lens wearers – please bring contact lens cases with storage solutions as well as backup spectacles so we can check your unaided, contact lens and spectacle vision
  4. Please drink plenty of water and arrive with a full bladder so you can do the urine test
  5. Normally, payment is made online to book the medical. If we have agreed other means of payment then please make sure you bring this on the day.


  1. For re-validation or renewal, please bring your previous medical certificate and CAA reference number.
  2. Please bring printed confirmation of Cellma payment, in case the Cellma system is down at the time of your medical.


Prior to attending for your medical please create a free account with FAA MedXPress. The FAA will email you the login details so that you can finish 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 data entry. Please make sure you fill all dates in American format and enter your details exactly as you want them to appear on your medical certificate (don’t forget to capitalise your name, street names, etc., or these will appear in lower case on your certificate).


  • 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.


A common reason for having a limitation applied to a medical is red/green colour blindness. There are separate rules on this for the UK and the FAA, but essentially you are restricted to daytime flying unless you pass advance colour vision testing.

You may want more information about colour vision and you should check the CAA’s and FAA’s most up-to-date guidance on their websites.

Many pilots are curious about ECGs. There’s quite a lot to get through at your appointment so we won’t have time to delve into all the electrophysiology. So here’s an interesting article on ECGs