To train as a pilot you must undergo an Aviation Medical examination. These are “general” medicals and anyone with good general health should have no trouble passing.
If you are completing the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence-Aeroplane) you will need a Class 1 Aviation Medical issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA). A Class 1 medical is only valid for 12 months, so we suggest you do not do this too far ahead of your course commencement.
If you have held a Class 1 Aviation Medical in your own country (and can evidence this) then you only need a CASA Class 2 Aviation Medical to sit your CPL flight test.
If you were only conducting flight training for a Private Pilot Licence then a “Basic Class 2 Aviation Medical” (another category) is all you need.
Some of the medical tests you will need to undertake are an ECG (for the heart), an audio test and an eye test.
Note: wearing glasses/contact lenses does NOT prevent you from passing this medical. Your eyesight would need to be very poor before it becomes a problem.
For basic questions you can contact us and we will try to help (we are not aviation medical experts and may not be able to assist) or if your question is of a more complex nature contact your nearest aviation medical examiner.
Whilst the aviation medical can be done after arrival in Australia, it is always advisable to do it before you depart if there is an approved examiner not too far away from you.
There are a number of doctors overseas who are approved by the Australian CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) to conduct these examinations. Click Here to view CASA’s list of approved overseas doctors.