A short and sweet post for today, but the Wednesday just gone, I had my Initial Class 2 Medical Examination. Something all pilots must have before they are allowed to go solo, and before they can continue their training. The examination took around an hour to complete, and covered everything from my eyesight, reflexes, past medical history as well as an ECG and blood pressure readings.
It took me a while online to find an AME (Aeromedical Examiner) in my local area who could perform the initial examination. I’d managed to get in contact and booked up the appointment. I had to take with me a previous eye test as well as some photographic ID.
They started off by getting me to lay on the bed, attach 8 electrodes to my body and take an ECG reading of my heart – a little bit freaked out by the amount of wires running off of my body at that point. Putting the electrodes on was the nice part, taking them off hurt!
After having my ECG taken I was directed to the Dr’s waiting room where he would review my ECG and continue with the formal examination. While I was waiting I was given a form to fill out, this included all of my personal details, address, phone numbers, as well as previous medical history. Its the form that I assume is used for renewals as it had items on it about total hours flown, previous medical certificate and previous medical comments.
I was called in to the Dr’s office and he ran through the paperwork with me and inputted it in to the system. Once the paperwork was out of the way we began on with the medical examination. He started off by taking my blood pressure and pulse which took a matter of seconds, he also checked my heart and chest. Once he had logged this in the system, he asked me to lay on the bed to test my reflexes, this involved having each joint tapped with the little hammer. Whilst I was on the bed he was pressing on my stomach and asking me to breathe in and out as well – this was a little uncomfortable, but he said it may be, so I was expecting it.
Next came the extended eye test, this involved checking my normal vision reading off of the standard eye chart test, first with no glasses, covering my left eye, then my right eye. Then with glasses, left then right, followed by both eyes with glasses. The next test was the Ishihara colour vision test – having had this done for Cabin Crew I was confident I would pass this part – it compromises of plates similar to the ones in this link. The next two tests used two different instruments, one being the RAF slide rule to check how close I could read an item before it started blurring, checking each eye independently. The next item is called the Maddox Wing Test which measures the horizontal and vertical deviations of the eyes. He also tested me with the Near Vision reading chart at arms length.
After he completed this he weighed me and measured my height to get my BMI, before transferring all of the infomation in to the system to generate my medical certificate. He also explained the process should I have to take any prescribed medication or over the counter medicines, as well as the conditions of the certificate that I have to follow, for me that is I must wear corrective lenses when flying and carry a second pair. The final bit of admin was completed, paid and I was handed my CAA Class 2 Medical Certificate.
It cost me £224 for the inital medical, this does last for 5 years before I have to have a renewal. This means that I can now fly solo and continue on with my PPL training.