FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

All Frequently asked questions about flight medical examinations. EASA LAPL or FAA. All easily listed.

What should I bring to the examination?

  • Your identity card or passport
  • Your current medical certificate
  • Your Flight Crew License or Cabin Crew Attestation.
  • Glasses, clear spare glasses and/or contact lenses (if applicable)
  • A recent prescription for your glasses and/or lenses
  • Medications, prescription or non-prescription (if applicable)
  • Medical documentation if treatment with a specialist (or past treatment)

Should I request my medical records from my previous medical examiner?

No, you don't have to. The government medical record is accessible online and can be accessed by the medical examiner after your written consent, during your examination appointment.

How long before the expiration date may I be inspected while maintaining the expiration date?

You can renew up to 45 days before the expiration date of the medical certificate, keeping the expiration date + 1, 2 or 5 years (depending on age and type of examination)

Can I go for my inspection on short notice?

We try to accommodate "last minute" inspections every business day, so we can (almost) always schedule everyone on stated preferences.

Is an inspection outside regular business hours possible?

We try to schedule all of our inspections from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are opportunities for an exception, if necessary, an evening judging.

How long does the (re)examination take?

Approximately 1 hour for a re-inspection (KL1/KL2/LAPL). If additional examinations need to take place such as an ECG and/or AUDIO, you should count about 15 to 30 minutes extra.
For an initial KL1 examination you should take into account about 4 hours (half day).
For an initial KL2 or LAPL examination you should take into account about 1.15/1.30 hours.

Should I be sober?

It is not necessary to be sober for our blood tests.

Am I required to have my medical examination in the country where my license was issued?

No, you may do your medical examination in any European country. No matter in which country your license was issued or registered. You can do that with us. We forward your medical file to your Licensing Autority. We can also do FAA (USA) medical examinations.

Can I undergo aero medical examination without a pilot's license?

One must have a medical certificate to apply for a license. A student pilot must have a valid medical certificate at the time of the first solo flight. However, we recommend that you be examined as soon as possible.

Purpose of inspection

The purpose of the examination is to determine whether your health poses a risk to flight safety. The examination must take place periodically to assess that there have been no changes in health status. The frequency of examinations is determined by age and type of license

Schedule an appointment

You can make an appointment using the request form on this website. You can also call telephone number +31 (40) 235 0103. We will ask you which examination class it concerns and on which day(s) you would like to be examined. In order to determine the correct content of your examination in advance, we recommend that you keep your latest medical certificate at hand.

Can I fly with diabetes?

In principle, one can only be found fit to fly if there is good regulation of diabetes with diet or medications that cannot cause hypoglycaemia and there are no complications. Insulin is not permitted. The doctor at Sky Medical Center can inform you about this.

Can I fly when I am pregnant?

You are not allowed to fly as soon as the pregnancy is known. In principle, this applies to the entire pregnancy period. If an intact pregnancy is demonstrated by ultrasound, the ILT Inspectorate may give permission to fly until the end of 26th week of pregnancy with an OML restriction (valid only as, or with, a qualified co-pilot). After pregnancy, flying is allowed again if one has fully recovered from the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. A statement from the doctor or midwife is necessary for this.

I have a cold, now what?

If the cold means that one cannot clear the ears and sinuses meaning that the ears and sinuses are clogged, flying is not allowed because the pressure differences when ascending and descending can lead to acute pain.

Can I fly with tubes in my ears?

If there is no active inflammation or discharge from the ear, it is permissible to fly with tubes. This also applies to a quiet, dry perforation, otherwise arising.

How does hearing impairment affect flying?

The initial Class 1 and Class 2 instrument rating (IR) inspection includes a hearing test (audiogram). You must have no more than 35 dB hearing loss at 500, 1,000 and 2,000 Hz and no more than 50 dB at 3,000 Hz. These requirements also apply to the retest.

If one does not meet these requirements, you must provide proof of good speech intelligibility by means of the so-called "declaration of hearing. This must be issued by an EU instructor.

For a Class 2 license without an instrument rating, there must be exclusively good speech intelligibility at 2 meters, with the back turned to the examiner.

Can I hold the position as a pilot with glasses or contact lenses?

This is generally allowed for all medical certificates, provided the refractive error is within the standard of EASA regulations.

If you wear contact lenses, you should also carry a clear spare pair of glasses.

If you wear glasses, you should also carry a clear spare pair.

A pair of prescription sunglasses is not a spare pair, but you may wear them in the cockpit.

With what eye conditions can I obtain a medical certificate?

Class 1: Applicants with the following conditions may be assessed as suitable after satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation, provided that optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology has been demonstrated: hypermetropia not exceeding +5.0 diopters, myopia not exceeding -6.0 diopters, astigmatism not exceeding 2.0 diopters, anisometropia not exceeding 2.0 diopters.

Applicants with any of the following medical conditions referred to the licensing authority's medical evaluator and may be assessed as fit after satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation: myopia greater than - 6.0 diopters, astigmatism greater than 2.0 diopters and anisometropia greater than 2.0 diopters.

Applicants with hyperopia above + 5.0 diopters shall be referred to the medical reviewer of the licensing authority and may be assessed as fit after a satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation, provided there are adequate fusion reserves, normal intraocular pressure and anterior angles and no significant pathology has been demonstrated and the corrected visual acuity in each eye is 6/6 or better.

Class 2: both + and - no limitation.

LAPL: no restrictions.

Cabin Crew: no restrictions

What should be the minimum visual acuity for distant vision?

Class 1: per eye V 0.7 and for both eyes V 1.0

Class 2: per eye V 0.5 and for both eyes V 0.7

LAPL: per eye V 0.5 and for both eyes V 0.7

Cabin Crew: per eye V 0.5 and for both eyes V 0.7

Can I still fly after eye surgery?

All medical certificates are allowed under certain conditions. You should always provide documentation of the surgery during or prior to the examination.

Bi- or multifocal implant lenses are not permitted for Class 1, 2 and Cabin Crew certificates.

For LAPL, this can be customized and allowed.

Can I fly if I am color blind?

Class 1: The Ishihara test (24 plate version) is considered successful if the first 15 plates, presented in any order, are identified without error. If this fails then additional examination is required, such as CAD test. This test must then be within the standard to be judged color safe.

Class 2: The Ishihara test (24 plate version) is considered successful if the first 15 plates, presented in any order, are identified without error. If this fails then additional examination is required, such as CAD test. This test must then be within the standard to be judged color safe. If not, approval follows with restriction: VCL Valid by day only

LAPL candidates for overnight classification must correctly identify 9 of the first 15 plates of the 24-plate edition of Ishihara pseudoisochromatic plates or be color-safe.

Cabin Crew should correctly identify 9 of the first 15 plates of the 24-plate edition of Ishihara pseudoisochromatic plates.

I don't feel completely fit. What to do?

Regulations dictate that one is not fit to fly if one does not feel fit. A commercial pilot with a Class 1 license should contact the employer and call in sick. Also contact your family doctor or company doctor for further advice. See also the back of your Medical Certificate, regarding medical fitness, when to contact your medical examiner.

Am I required to report the use of medication at the time of inspection?

It is always required to indicate on the application form what medication is being used, its indication, dosage and duration.

Also medication that has been dispensed without a prescription whether abroad or not. The general practitioner is not always aware if a particular medication is compatible with flight safety.

In addition, there are conditions attached to the use of certain medications. The condition for which one needs certain medication may also be a reason for temporary disability.

The doctor performing the examination can give you detailed information about this.

What medications should one not take before and while flying?

Medications that can affect driving ability are prohibited in any case (remember the yellow sticker on the package). Medications used against arrhythmias of the heart are also not all allowed. The ban is not limited to allopathic medicines; homeopathic remedies or natural products are also often not allowed.

Therefore, it is always important to contact Sky Medical Center if you have the slightest doubt about this.

What do the codes in the limitations box on the medical certificate mean?

If there is a code in the "limitations" box on the Medical Certificate, it means, for example, that you are required to wear a certain pair of glasses and carry a clear spare or that an examination must be done, prior to the examination, for a certain disease or condition.

The decision letter you receive after each inspection describes what these codes mean for you.

Can I fly with asthmatic bronchitis or hay fever?

With normal lung function, with or without medication and in the absence of severe attacks, one can be found fit with asthma.

With hay fever, it is important not to take medication against it that conflicts with flight safety.

Can I fly after an epileptic seizure?

After a seizure of epilepsy, one is no longer fit to fly. Only under very strict conditions, stipulated in EASA regulations, can a person who has once experienced a seizure be deemed fit to fly again.

Can I pay by debit or credit card?

We accept debit and credit cards; Visa, Maestro and American Express. If you pay by credit card, we charge a 2% surcharge on the total amount. Please let us know in advance in connection with making the invoice.

Disagree with the judging decision?

Do you disagree with the medical examiner's decision?

Then you can "challenge" the decision and request a 2nd assessment. The examining physician who made the decision will provide more information about this.

See also the Information Sheet "Procedure Disputed Cases. The ILT reassesses the application and makes a decision. You can object to this decision.

The Aviation Medical Advisory Committee advises the minister on the appeal when the decision is issued by the minister.

Will I receive a call for the (re)examination?

All pilots who have medical records with Sky Medical Center will receive a reminder to schedule an appointment. It remains your responsibility to monitor the expiration date of your medical certificate.


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