For a commercial airline pilot, regular medical checks are a part of normal life. It is compulsory to obtain and keep up to date an EASA Class 1 Medical certificate.
For multi crew operations, your class 1 medical must be re-validated every 12 months, up to the age of 60; and then every 6 months up to your 65th birthday. You must have regular checks, as shown below:
Your First Medical:
Your initial Class 1 Medical must be conducted at one of the following Aeromedical centers:
Heathrow Medical Services LLP - www.heathrowmedical.com - Weekly House, Padbury Oaks, 583 Bath Road, Longford, Middlesex, UB7 0EH
NATS, Swanwick AeMC - www.nats.aero/services/consultancy/nats-aeromedical-centre/ - Swanwick , Hampshire - SO31 7AY
Cost: £540 - £594 plus any retests or referrals.
Aviation Medical Services -- £594.00
London AeMC -- £540.00
Heathrow Medical Services LLP -- £552.00
NATS, Swanwick AeMC -- n/a
Re-validation of your medical:
Thankfully, there are hundreds of approved AME's around the country that are able to perform class 1 medical. You can find your nearest AME (Aeromedical Examiner) here. The typical cost of a re-validation is £170-190.
You can re-validate up to 45 days before the expiry of your medical - while maintaining one year validity from the original date.
Renewal of your medical:
If your Class 1 medical expires, you will have to renew it at an aeromedical center or aeromedical examiner. Below are guidelines by the CAA:
If your certificate expired more than 2 years before your application to renew it, the examiner will need to assess your aero-medical records before carrying out the renewal examination
If your certificate expired more than 5 years before, then you will have to follow the same process as for initial issue.
For more information on medical standards and Class 1 Medicals, visit the CAA website.