To train to be a pilot you need to complete an industry-specific medical examination.
The aim of the aeromedical is to ensure you meet the standard medical requirements of operating an aircraft and that you are mentally and physically fit to safely exercise the privileges of your licence.
After you have completed your aeromedical exam you will receive a certificate which lasts 12 months and needs to be revalidated every year.
There are different classifications of certificate:
- A class two examination certificate is required to fly common general aviation (GA) aircraft such as Cessna 152 or Piper PA28s on an EU Part-FCL Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL);
- A class one examination certificate is required to train for a Commercial (CPL) or Airline Transport Pilot's Licence (ATPL). However, we advise that if you want to become a commercial pilot you should complete a class one medical examination (regardless of whether you choose to start with a private pilot's licence) so that you have the correct certificate in place.