Classes of medical certificates
CASA issues aviation medical certificates to applicants who meet the relevant medical standard.
Certain holders of civil aviation authorisations are required to hold a medical certificate when exercising the privileges of the authorisation. Each class of medical certificate also has a medical standard set out in tables in Part 67 of the CASR.
Announcement - changes to medical certification in 2018
We’ve started making improvements to the aviation medical certification system. The first change came into effect on 1 March 2018. Read more about these changes.
Class 1 medical certificate
The Class 1 medical certificate standard applies to holders of an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence (other than balloons), Multi-crew Pilot (aeroplane) Licence, Flight Engineer Licence or Student Flight Engineer Licence.
Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 1 medical certificate is valid for one year.
Class 2 medical certificate
The Class 2 medical certificate standard applies to holders of a Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence and a Commercial Pilot (Balloon) Licence.A minimum of a Class 2 medical certificate is also required by a student pilot before they can fly solo. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 2 medical certificate is valid for four years for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of the medical examination or two years for those aged over 40 years.
An Class 2 medical certificate is an option for pilots operating commercial flights that do not carry passengers. This applies to operations with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kilograms and is likely to be of specific benefit for aerial agriculture flights, flight instruction or flight examination. Currently pilots must have a Class 1 medical for these operations. Read the legislative instrument (CASA EX25/18) that applies to these changes.
Class 3 medical certificate
The Class 3 medical standard applies to holders of an Air Traffic Control Licence and Flight Service Officers. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 3 medical certificate is valid for two years.
Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate (RAMPC)
Recreational pilot licence holders can exercise the privileges of their licence without the need to hold a CASA Class 2 medical certificate, if they hold a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate (RAMPC). A RAMPC is based on a modified unconditional driver's licence medical certificate for a motor vehicle.
This type of medical examination can be undertaken by any general practitioner (GP) and is similar in form to the Austroads standards for assessing fitness to drive.
Find out if the Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate is suitable for you.
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