Medical exam

CASA


CASA issues Aviation medical certificates to applicants who meet the relevant medical standard.

Certain holders of civil aviation authorisations are required to hold a medical certificate when exercising the privileges of the authorisation. Each class of medical certificate also has a medical standard set out in tables in Part 67 of the CASR.

Class 1 medical certificate

Class 1 medical certificate standard applies to holders of an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence (other than balloons), Multi-crew Pilot (aeroplane) Licence, Flight Engineer Licence or Student Flight Engineer Licence.

Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 1 medical certificate is valid for one year.

Class 2 medical certificate

Class 2 medical standard applies to holders of a Private Pilot Licence and a Commercial Pilot (Balloon) Licence.. A minimum of a Class 2 medical certificate is also required by a student pilot before they can fly solo.  Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 2 medical certificate is valid for four years for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of the medical examination or two years for those aged over 40 years.

Class 3 medical certificate

Class 3 medical standard applies to holders of an Air Traffic Control Licence or and Flight Service Officers. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 3 medical certificate is valid for two years.

Medical requirements for flight crew

Learn about the new rules relating to medical requirements for flight crew – in effect since 1 September 2014. The full rules are contained in Parts 61 and 67 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.

Who should know about the medical requirements?

  • All pilots.
  • Operators.
  • Flying schools.

What medical requirements apply to flight crew?

The following table shows which medical certificate standard applies to someone exercising the privileges of a licence.

Medical certificate standard

*If you are exercising the privileges of a licence or flying solo as a student pilot and only have a recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate (RAMPC), some limitations will apply.

** A PPL holder using a RAMPC is limited to flying recreational aircraft only and only by day under VFR (refer to ‘What aircraft can I fly if I am flying with a RAMPC?’ below).

Licence privilege

Class 1 medical certificate

Class 2 medical certificate

Recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate

Air transport pilot licence (ATPL)

Minimum requirement

-

-

Multi-crew pilot licence (MPL)

Minimum requirement

-

-

Commercial pilot licence (CPL)

Minimum requirement

-

-

Private pilot licence (PPL)

Optional

Optional**

Minimum requirement*

Recreational pilot licence

Optional

Optional

Minimum requirement*

Student pilot (to fly solo)

Optional

Optional

Minimum requirement*

What medical requirements apply to student pilots?

There are no medical requirements for learning to fly when students are in an aircraft with their instructor. However, if you have any relevant medical conditions or history, you should consider discussing this with a medical practitioner and your flying school before starting to fly. Safety is paramount for you and others so being fully prepared is essential. Information about your health and ability to hold a class 1 medical certificate helps you make decisions about your flying career.

To fly solo you need to have either a class1 or 2 medical certificate or a RAMPC. Limitations that apply when you are flying with a RAMPC are described below.

Do I need to carry my medical certificate when I am flying?

Yes. You must carry your medical certificate – or medical exemption, if you have one – with you when you fly. If you are using a RAMPC you must also carry your acknowledgement receipt from CASA.

What happens if my medical status changes?

Visit the medical certification section to find out more about medical status notification and reporting.

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