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Requirements for medical tests
Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) may need to have additional medical tests as part of their medical examinations. Most of these tests are age-required, but some specific tests may also apply depending on your licence class.
All age-required tests are due at your first medical certificate renewal after your relevant birthday.
Any tests or reports that you submit to CASA for review must be ‘recent’ i.e. performed within three months of your medical certificate application. If you don’t provide a ‘recent’ test we may request one, which may delay your certification. Tests or reports performed outside of the three-month time frame may still be relevant and should be provided with your application.
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The following medical tests are required on the initial issue of a medical certificate:
- ECG, audiogram, estimation of fasting serum lipids and fasting blood glucose, calculation of cardiovascular risk and an eye examination by a CASA Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist or Credentialed Optometrist.
The following medical tests are required for medical certificate renewals:
- ECGs are required at the first renewal after the age of 25, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40. After 40, an ECG is required annually
- audiograms are required at the first renewal after the age of 25 and then every five years from the age of 25
- fasting lipids and glucose are required at the first renewal after the age of 25 and then every five years from the age of 25 until age 60, when they are required annually
- an eye examination is required by a CASA Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist or Credentialed Optometrist at age 60 and every two years after
There are no special requirements for Class 2 medical certificates, unless clinically indicated.
There are no special requirements for Basic Class 2 medical certificates.
View the age requirements reference chart in our Designated Aviation Medical Examiner’s (DAME) Handbook.