Information - Aviation Medicals


Please note, current British Airways mainline pilots - I am unable to see you at Gatwick Medical Services, but would be happy to do so at Waterside. I can see BA CityFlyer and EuroFlyer pilots at the Beehive, Gatwick.

As of 1 January 2021, we are no longer able to perform EASA medical examinations, only UK CAA and US FAA. 

Note we are unable to perform UK CAA initial class one pilot medicals, for these, applicants must attend an Aeromedical Centre (AeMC).

We do not currently perform UK CAA class three ATCO medicals.

Preparation for your medical

UK pilot applicants MUST submit their medical application on the CAA medical records system (Cellma) via the online CAA Customer Portal and pay the associated CAA fee in advance of their medical. Paper-based applications are no longer be accepted, except for cases of technical problems with Cellma, and we will be unable to proceed with the medical if this process has not been completed. Please note that all applicants need a CAA Customer Portal account AND to have applied for, and been granted access to, the “Medical Service” before they can access the Cellma system to submit and pay for their medical application. Setting this up with the CAA can take a number of days and I am unable to assist, so do it without delay if you have a CAA pilot medical appointment booked.

Note the above information regarding the CAA Customer Portal and Cellma does not apply to UK cabin crew initial applicants, you will complete a paper application form.

US FAA applicants MUST complete their medical application on MedXPress prior to their appointment and bring a note of their confirmation number, that will have been emailed to them. There is no option to use paper medical forms. If you have declared a significant medical history on your FAA application, please contact me ahead of your appointment so that I can check the requirements, such as any medical reports you may need to bring.

Please bring an acceptable form of photographic ID (UK or International Passport, UK Driving Licence photo card or UK Airside Pass) to your medical appointment.

Please bring your last medical certificate if you have previously been issued with one. UK pilot applicants must have their CAA reference number to hand.

Note that you will need to provide a urine sample at all medicals, so please do not visit the toilet just before arrival. Urine is tested for blood, protein and glucose.

Female applicants should note that while there is no intimate examination during the medical, if an ECG is required, it will be necessary to have access to the chest area for placement of the electrodes. Please be mindful of this and dress appropriately, e.g. sports bra, or it will not be possible to complete the medical.

Male applicants do not need to shave chest hair off in preparation for an ECG.

Please do not apply skin cream to your chest, wrists or ankles, as ECG electrodes then tend not to adhere.

UK CAA pilots requiring visual correction should have the MED162 form completed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist when required:

Class 1: 5-yearly if: (i) the retractive error is between -3.0 and -6.0 dioptres or +3 and +5 dioptres; (ii) astigmatism or anisometropia is between 2.0 and 3.0 dioptres. 2-yearly if: (i) the refractive error is greater than -6.0 dioptres or +5.0 dioptres; (ii) astigmatism or anisometropia exceeds 3.0 dioptres.

Class 2 initial: When correction is required to meet the visual acuity standards.

Arrival instructions

The address is: The Beehive, Beehive Ring Road, City Place, Crawley, West Sussex, RH6 0PA. See the contact page for Google Maps.

The Beehive is the white circular building at City Place, Gatwick, right beside the CAA Aviation House HQ. City Place is served both from Gatwick and Crawley by frequent Metrobus services. It is the first bus stop (less than 5 minutes) after Gatwick South Terminal. If driving: from the roundabout in City Place, you will see some free visitor parking spaces on the left just before the Beehive carpark barrier, please use these. 

The door is only open and the reception/waiting area manned during office hours, so please call/text if your appointment time is outside office hours, on 07703 561766 and I will meet you at the door.

UK CAA information

Telephone: +44 (0) 330 022 1972 then 1 for Medical (0830 - 1630 Monday - Friday except public holidays)


Further information on the CAA Customer Portal is here.

Further information on the CAA Medical Records System, Cellma is here.

UK CAA medical department forms and guidance documents available for download are here.

Class two initial medical requirements are here.

Cabin crew medicals requirements are here.

US FAA information

Contact information is here.

Medical certification information is here.

Synopsis of medical standards may be downloaded here.

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