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What are the Medical Requirements to Become a Pilot?

What are the Medical Requirements to Become a Pilot?

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The majority of people aspire to work in aviation and The SHT-MED health instruction defines the prerequisites required for this profession as well as the medical requirements of pilots. Due to its intrinsic spiritual satisfaction, financial return, and reputation, piloting is one of the most prestigious professions of this generation.

How to Obtain Pilot Training?

There are various options for realizing your dream of flying. The first of these avenues is through university faculties that offer flight training. Additionally, flight training can be accomplished by following the student pilot program applications established by airlines such as Turkish Airlines and Pegasus in order to train their pilots.

Aside from these, flight schools can also provide flight training.

Requirements to Become a Pilot

One of the most important qualifications for becoming a pilot is to be in good mental and physical health. Class 1 and Class 2 pilot medical reports obtained from hospitals authorized by the DGCA have priority among the documentation required to keep the medical proficiency of pilots under constant control before and throughout flight training.

Medical requirements for becoming a pilot vary depending on where you are in your flight training. However, in circumstances when no medical or physical concerns are experienced outside of the norm, this position does not pose a barrier to pilot training and a career.

Medical Class 2

For pilot candidates who want to fly without earning a commercial income or becoming a pilot with a PPL(A) - Private Pilot License as a stage of initial training for progressing flight stages, a medical Class 2 report is adequate. Candidates who have a Class 2 medical report can apply to start the training process at a flight training center. Candidates who wish to continue flying and pilots with a PPL(A) must keep their Class 2 medical reports up to date by repeating the examinations on a regular basis.

Medical Class 2 Term of Validity

The validity of a Medical Class 2 Health Certificate varies with age. These are the time periods;

  • Five years for pilots and candidates under the age of 40,
  • Two years for pilots and candidates aged 40-50,
  • One year for pilots and candidates over 50 years old.

Medical Class 1

Commercial Pilots who fly for a profit and before beginning instrument flight instruction, candidates aspiring to be Commercial Pilots must have a Class 1 Medical report from DGCA-approved hospitals stating that they meet the medical requirements of the Class 1 Medical Certificate. This link will take you to a list of hospitals that have been approved by the DGCA.

After obtaining the PPL(A) License, commercial pilot candidates who have completed NVFR – Night VFR Flight training and PIC – Pilot in Command Flights should submit their Medical Class 2 medical reports to Medical Class 1 before continuing their IR – Instrument Rating training, which is the next step on the path to their dreams of commercial piloting. The Medical Class 1 medical report, like the Medical Class 2 report, should be kept up-to-date by undergoing recurrent medical examinations according to the requirements listed below, both during the pilot training process and during the professional commercial pilot career.

Medical Class 1 Term of Validity

Validity Periods of Medical Class 1 Health Certificates are;

  • One year for pilots and candidates under the age of 60,
  • Six months for pilots over 60 years old.

For pilots operating in Single Pilot Aircraft;

  • One year for pilots and candidates under the age of 40,
  • Six months for Pilots over 40 years old.

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation regulates the medical qualifications of flight crews and the intervals at which these credentials must be reviewed using the SHT-MED instruction. This paper can be used to answer any questions you may have about pilot medical requirements.

Can You Become A Pilot With Glasses or Contact Lenses?

The SHT-MED (like EASA PART-MED) Health Instruction provided by the DGCA contains the most trustworthy information on the medical proficiency and pilotage health requirements of the flight crew. It should be emphasized that hearsay information may be deceptive, as the DGCA keeps this instruction up to date in accordance with international standards.

However, because the terms used in the field of health are difficult for non-experts to understand, pilot candidates who plan to engage on a costly process such as flight training should first undergo Medical Class 1 or 2 examinations in DGCA-approved hospitals, according to the training module they will receive.

We have examined the current version of the SHT-MED instruction at the time of writing this article to answer the question posed in the title. Following the publishing date of our article, the SHT-MED document should be inspected for adjustments that can be made, as well as the accuracy of our response.

Is It Possible To Be A Pilot With Glasses?

Using glasses or contact lenses is not an issue for you to be a pilot, according to the SHT-MED Aviation Health Instruction. However, we would like to remind you that you must bring your glasses and lenses, as well as any spares, with you on your flight.

You can learn more about the medical requirements for flight crew members, the application requirements for flight training, and the training process by reading our articles on our Avian Aviation WEB site, social media accounts, and other posts, or by calling our customer service line at 0216 807 1 284.

Avian Aviation's professional staff aims to prepare, inform, and guide you on your way to  your dreams in aviation.