EASA Class 1: more information
We have collected the information about the content of the aeromedical examination class 1.
Based on the blood gained from your finger we determine the Hemoglobin (Hb) and glucose levels in your blood. The total cholesterol will be determined during the initial examination and at age 40. We have our own laboratory and therefore the results will directly be available.
Urine sample research
Each medical examination includes an analysis of the urine you produce in our medical center to detect glucose, blood and protein. During the initial medical examination, an alcohol and drug test is also carried out. Alcohol and drugs tests are also performed during the re-examinations, if indicated.
Your eyesight is of course very important to be able to perform your function safely and efficiently. As a pilot, you will have to cope with factors that can affect your perception and interpretation. Examples include reduced oxygen tension at high altitude, night flights and fatigue. In addition, your eyesight decreases with age.
During each examination, your acuity of vision is tested at 30-50 cm, 1 metre and 6 metres. If you wear glasses, we first measure without and then with your corrective glasses or contact lenses. The distance visual acuity requirement is 0.7 (6/9) or better in each eye. Both eyes must have a visual acuity of 1.0 (6/6) or better.
On the basis of the digitally completed questionnaire, you will be subjected to an extensive physical examination. In addition to the mobility, coordination and balance of your body, your eyes, ears, abdomen, heart and lungs will also be examined for possible abnormalities.
Additional required examinations
Additional examination depends on your age and whether you have a medical condition. In our center we can perform the following additional examinations:
– Lipid measurement
– Mental health check
– Alcohol and drug screening
In specific cases, if additional research is required, this is done by specialists outside our office. We work together with a number of specialists, in which case we arrange the handover.
The ECG provides us with information about the functioning of your heart muscle. We work with a 12-channel digital system. We create an ECG by placing 4 electrodes on your wrists and ankles and 6 electrodes on your chest around your heart.
The ECG is taken at the first examination and then every 5 years until the age of 30, every 2 years until the age of 40, every year until the age of 50 and in all subsequent examinations for extension or renewal.
Spirometry (pulmonary function)
The function of the lungs (lung function) can be measured with a lung function test. The test measures how much air you can exhale and also measures how much air you can exhale in 1 second. The pulmonary function test shows if you have a certain condition. Your lung function is determined with a special device: a spirometer.
You stand up straight and close your teeth and lips around the mouthpiece of the device. You can simply breathe through it. The assistant will ask you to breathe in deeply and then blow out as hard and as much as possible. These measurements are taken at least 3 times to get a reliable result. This test is carried out at the initial examination and on clinical grounds afterwards.
Audiometry (hearing test)
Hearing is tested with pure tone audiometry during the initial medical examination. In the soundproof hearing cabin, you can hear sounds of different frequencies and intensities through the headphones. You must not have a hearing loss of more than 35 dB at any of the frequencies 500, 1000 or 2000 Hz or more than 50 dB at 3000 Hz in each ear. This test is done every 5 years until the age of 40 and thereafter every 2 years.
Tonometry (measurement of the intraocular pressure)
Confronting your eye with a “puff” of air the intraocular pressure will be determent. If the pressure is to high severe damage to the retina (glaucoma) can occur. The examination will be done at your initial examination and on indication.
Tympanometry (eardrum measurement)
The mobility of your eardrum is measured with a constructive pressure in your ear canal. The eardrum must be mobile, so that you are able to ‘clear’ it. If not, further examination by the ENT specialist is required.
Perimetry (visual field research)
Each eye is tested to ensure that its visual fields are intact. You have a look into the perimeter and you indicate whether you see any movement in your visual field, this is used to determine whether there are any defects.