FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to the medical examination?

• Your identity card or passport
• Your current medical certificate
• Your Flight Crew License or Cabin Crew Attestation
• Spectacles, clear spare glasses and/or contact lenses (if applicable)
• A recent prescription of your glasses and/or lenses
• Prescription or non-prescription medicines (if applicable)
• The medical documentation if treatment by a specialist (or a treatment in the past)

 

Do I have to request my medical file from my previous medical examiner?

No, you don’t have to. The government’s medical file is available online and can be accessed by the medical examiner after your written consent, during your examination appointment.

 

How long before the expiration date can I be examined while keeping the expiration date?

You can extend to 45 days before the expiry date of the medical certificate, retaining the expiry date + 1, 2 or 5 years (depending on age and type of certification).

Can I go for my examination at short notice?

We try to take ‘last minute’ examinations into account every working day, so that we can (almost) always schedule everyone according to indicated preferences.

Is a medical examination possible outside regular office hours?

We try to schedule all our examinations from 08.30 hours to 18.00 hours. There are possibilities for an exception, if necessary, an evening examination.

How long does the (re)examination take?

Approximately 1 hour for a re-inspection (CL1/CL2/LAPL). If additional examinations need to take place, such as an ECG and/or AUDIO, you will need an extra 15 to 30 minutes.

For an initial CL1 examination you need to take about 4 hours.

For an initial CL2 or LAPL examination, approximately 1.15/1.30 hours should be taken into account.

 

Do I have to be sober?

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

Am I obliged to have my medical examination carried out in the country that issued my licence?

No, you are allowed to do your medical exam in any European country. Regardless of which country your license has been issued or registered. You could do that in our company. We’ll forward your medical file to your Licensing Authority. We can also arrange your FAA (USA) medical examination.

Can I undergo a aviaton medical examination without a pilot’s license?

You must have a medical certificate in order 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 undergo a medical examination as soon as possible.

Purpose of the examination

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 whether there have been any changes in the state of health. The frequency of the examinations is determined by the age and type of license.

Schedule appointments

You can make an appointment via the application form on this website.

You can also call+31 (40) 235 0103. We will ask you which examination class and on which day(s) you would like to be examined. In order to be able to determine the correct content of your examination in advanc e, we recommend that you keep your latest medical certificate in hand.

May I fly when I’ m suffering from diabetes?

In principle, one can only be considered suitable for flying if there is a good regulation of the diabetes with diet or medication that cannot cause hypoglycaemia and if there are no complications. Insulin is not allowed. The doctor at Sky Medical Center can inform you about this.

Can I fly when I am pregnant?

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

 

I have a cold. What should I do now?

If the cold means that you can’t clear the ears and cavities, which means that the ears and cavities are clogged, it is not allowed to fly because the pressure differences during ascending and descending can lead to acute pain symptoms.

Can I fly with tubes in my ears?

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

What are the consequences of hearing loss for flying?

During the initial examination class 1 and class 2 for instrument rating (IR), a hearing test (audiogram) is taken. You should have a hearing loss of no more than 35 dB at 500, 1,000 and 2,000 Hz and no more than 50 dB at 3,000 Hz. These requirements also apply to the re-examination. If these requirements are not met, you must provide proof of good speech intelligibility by means of the so-called ‘declaration hearing’. This must be issued by an EU instructor.

 

With a class 2 certification without an instrument rating, there must only be good speech intelligibility at 2 meters, with the back to the examiner.

 

May I use glasses or contact lenses to perform the function of pilot?

This is generally allowed for all medical certificates, provided the refraction deviation falls within the standard of the EASA regulations. If you wear contact lenses, you must also carry clear spare glasses. If you wear glasses, you must also carry clear spare glasses. Sunglasses on strength are not spare glasses, but you may wear them in the cockpit.

With which eye abnormalities can I obtain a medical certificate?

Class 1: Applicants with the following conditions may be assessed as fit subject to satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation, provided optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology has been demonstrated: hypermetropia with not more than +5,0 dioptres, myopia with not more than -6,0 dioptres, astigmatism with not more than 2,0 dioptres, anisometropia with not more than 2,0 dioptres.

Applicants with any of the following medical conditions shall be referred to the medical assessor of the licensing authority and may be assessed as fit subject to satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation: myopia above – 6,0 dioptres, astigmatism above 2,0 dioptres and anisometropy above 2,0 dioptres.

Applicants with hypermetropia above + 5,0 dioptres shall be referred to the medical assessor of the licensing authority and may be assessed as fit subject to satisfactory ophthalmic evaluation, provided that there are sufficient 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 limitation.

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 an operation on the eyes?

For all medical certificates, this is permitted under certain conditions. You must always provide documentation of the operation during or prior to the examination. Bi- or multifocal implant lenses are not allowed for Class 1, 2 and Cabin Crew certificates, for LAPL this can be custom made and can be allowed.

 

Can I fly if I am colour blind?

Class 1: The Ishihara test (24 plate version) is considered successful if the first 15 plates, presented in a random order, are identified without error. If not, additional research, such as CAD testing, is required. This test must then be within the standard in order to be judged colour safe.

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

LAPL candidates for a night rating must correctly identify 9 of the first 15 plates of the 24-plate edition of Ishihara pseudoisochromatic plates or be colour safe.

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

I don’t feel quite fit. What to do?

The regulations state that one is not fit to fly if one does not feel fit. A professional pilot with a class 1 license must contact the employer and report sick. Also contact the family or company doctor for further advice. See also the back of your Medical Certificate, regarding medical fitness, when you need to contact your medical examiner.

Am I obliged to report the use of medication at the medical examination?

It is always required to indicate on the application form which medication is being used, its indication, dosage and duration. Also medication that has been given abroad without a prescription. The general practitioner is not always aware whether a certain medicine is compatible with flight safety. In addition, the use of certain medications is subject to conditions. The condition for which one needs certain medication may also be a reason for temporary unsuitability. The doctor who carries out the examination can inform you in detail about this.

 

Which medications may not be used before and during flying?

Medicines that may affect the ability to drive are in any case forbidden (think of the yellow sticker on the packaging). Drugs used against arrhythmias of the heart are also not allowed. The ban is not limited to allopathic medicines; also homeopathic medicines or natural products are often not allowed. That is why it is always important to contact Sky Medical Center in case of the slightest doubt.

 

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 have to wear certain glasses and have a clear spare pair of glasses with you or that you have to undergo an examination prior to the examination for a certain disease or condition. The decision letter that you receive after each medical examination 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 seizures, one may be deemed suitable to fly with asthma. In the case of hay fever, it is important not to use medication that is contrary to flight safety.

Can I fly after an epileptic seizure?

After an epileptic seizure one is no longer fit to fly. Only under very strict conditions, stipulated in the EASA regulations, someone who has ever had a seizure can be considered fit again.

Can I pay by PIN or credit card?

We accept bank cards and credit cards; Visa, Maestro and American Express. If you pay by credit card, we charge a surcharge of 2% on the total amount. We would like to know this in advance in connection with making the invoice.

Don’t agree with the examination decision?

Do you disagree with the decision of the medical examiner? Then you can ‘dispute’ the decision and request a second assessment. The medical examiner who made the decision will give you more information about this. See also the information sheet ‘Procedure disputed cases’. The ILT assesses the application again and makes a decision. You can object to this decision. The Medical Advisory Committee for Aviation advises the Minister on the objection when the decision has been issued by the Minister.

Will I receive a reminder for the (re-)examination?

All pilots who have a medical file at Sky Medical Center will receive a reminder to schedule an appointment. It remains your own responsibility to monitor the expiry date of your medical certificate.

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