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I am a private pilot and now a cadet at L3 Airline Academy (CTC) and future pilot of the Airbus A319/20 at easyJet.

I have an absolute passion for aviation and have wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember.

I found that although many 'pilot blog' websites exist, there is nowhere that pilots, cadets and aspiring pilots can connect together and share resources and information - hence why I wanted to create this site.


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Pilot Medicals

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:

Aviation Medical Services - www.avmed.org.uk - Horley, Surrey 

London AeMC - www.centrelineaviationmedicalservices.co.uk - 22 Upper Wimpole Street, London, W1G 6NB

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.