NPPL Pilot Medicals
Quite simply, if you are fit enought to drive a car, you're fit enough to fly.
From 2016, the UK CAA have allowed pilots and student pilots to make a medical declaration online. The standard you must meet for the medical declaration is the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Group 1 Ordinary Driving Licence (ODL) and you must not suffer or have suffered from a list of specified medical conditions.
These conditions include:
- Being prescribed medication for any psychiatric illness
- Bipolar disorder, psychosis or a diagnosis of personality disorder
- Drug abuse or alcohol misuse or addiction (or conviction for drink/drug driving)
- Being prescribed medication or treatment for angina or heart failure
- Cardiac surgical procedures including cardiac device implantation
- Recurrent fainting or collapse (syncope)
- Unexplained loss of consciousness
- Insulin treatment
- Chronic lung disease with shortness of breath on exertion
- Any neurological condition requiring medication
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Significant functional physical disability likely to impair safe operation of normal flight controls
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you will not be able to use the declaration form as your medical and will instead have to visit an Aviation Medical Examiner for a LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence) medical.
Full details of the new medicals are on the CAA website here: CAA medicals
The actual declaration is linked to here: CAA Medical Declaration
If you have any questions regarding your medical fitness, we are also happy to discuss them in confidence and give what advice we can.