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First-time medical certificate applications
In order for a pilot or ATC to exercise the privileges of their licence, you must hold a current medical certificate issued by CASA.
However, if you are just starting out, there are no medical requirements for learning to fly when you are in the aircraft with your flight instructor. If you have any relevant medical conditions or history, you should consider discussing this with a medical practitioner and your flying school before starting to fly, especially if you intend to become a professional pilot. Safety is paramount for you and others, so it is essential to be fully prepared.
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The Class 2 Medical Certificate enables the use of your Pilot's Licence in wide range of aircraft types. It is obtained by application online and a medical by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).
The Basic Class 2 Medical Certificate is more limited and allows you to use your Pilot's Licence to fly piston engine powered aircraft (limited to the visual flight rules) carrying up to five non-fare paying passengers in a wide range of aircraft types. It is obtained by application online and a medical by a medical practitioner or DAME.
The Basic Class 2 Medical Certificate does not replace the Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate (RAMPC). If you currently have a RAMPC you can continue to exercise the privileges of a recreational pilot licence. The restrictions for holders of a RAMPC include:
- single engine piston powered aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 1500kg or less
- day VFR conditions only
- below 10,000 feet above mean sea level
- no acrobatic flight and with not more than one passenger on board.
Thinking of a career?
Class 1 Medical Certificate - enables the use of your licence for commercial operations. It is a good idea to undergo a Class 1 medical before starting commercial training. Make sure you meet the requirements before spending your money on the training.
If you are looking at a career in aviation as an Air Traffic Controller, a minimum Class 3 medical certificate applies to holders of an Air Traffic Control Licence and Flight Service Officers.
- Talk to your local flying club or school. They will advise about the training requirements and know the local contacts.
- If you have medical concerns or questions, talk to a local DAME or contact CASA Aviation Medicine
- Obtain an Aviation reference number (ARN) application individual form 1162 (pdf 141.05 KB)
- The application process for a medical certificate can be completed online. You will need an ARN and credit card for the application fee (currently $75)
- Call your nearest DAME to arrange any tests needed and an appointment for an aviation medical examination
Needing help or advice? Contact CASA Aviation Medicine