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The LAPL Examination

Examination Overview

The LAPL examination will take approximately one hour and consists of the following elements:

  1. Medical History

    You will be asked a series of questions by the AME regarding medical history and any previous illnesses. If there are any previous major illnesses it is important to attend the medical with a detailed report about these from your General Practitioner (GP) or Specialist. Appendicitis or a broken arm are not considered to be major illnesses.
  2. Eyesight

    If contact lenses or glasses are worn it is important to bring either your latest optician’s report or an Eye Examination Form completed by your Ophthalmology Specialist to the examination. Hypermetropia (long-sight) must not exceed +5.0 dioptres, myopia (short-sight) must not exceed -6.0 dioptres, astigmatism (distorted images) must not exceed 2.0 dioptres and anisometropia (unequal vision) must not exceed 2.0 dioptres, provided there is optimal correction and no significant pathology is evident. Distant visual acuity, with or without correction, must be 6/12 or better in each eye separately and 6/9 or better with both eyes
  3. Physical Examination

    This is a general examination to make sure all is functioning normally and includes a check of lungs, heart, blood pressure, stomach, limbs and nervous system.
  4. Hearing

    The AME will stand 2 metres behind you and use a normal conversational voice, which should be able to be heard in each ear separately. If you wish to gain an instrument rating as a private pilot it is necessary to meet the Class 2 Instrument Rating Standards. If an instrument rating is to be added to a licence held hearing will be tested with pure tone audiometry and initial applicants may not have a hearing loss of more than 35 bB at any of the frequencies 500 Hz, 1000 Hz or 2000 Hz, or more than 50 bB at 3000 Hz, in either ear separately.
  5. Electrocardiogram (ECG)

    This test measures the electrical impulses passing through your heart and can show disorders of the heart rhythm, or of the conduction of the impulses. Sometimes it can show a lack of blood supply to the heart muscle. Any changes evident on an ECG will require further investigation. A report from a Cardiologist and further tests (exercise ECG) may be needed.
  6. Lung Function Test (Peak Flow)

    This is a test of your ability to expel air rapidly from your lungs.
  7. Urine Test

    You will be required to provide a urine sample, so it is important to attend the examination with a full bladder. This test is for evidence of sugar (diabetes), protein or blood in the urine.

Please ensure you having the following items available at the examination:

  • Passport
  • Opticians most recent prescription
  • Any doctor/medical prescriptions
  • Completed form Med 160, available for download at the CAA website: Med 160 Form

Medical Certificate Processing Time

A medical certificate will be issued the same day provided all the required standards are met.

If the required standards are not met, or further investigations are necessary, the processing time will be longer.

It may be necessary for the AME to consult with the Authority Medical Section (AMS) at Gatwick prior to a decision on medical certification being made.

Licence Validity - Class 2

Age at Examination Validity
Under 40 60 months (not valid after 42nd birthday)
40-49 24 months (not valid after 51st birthday)
50+ 12 months
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