It is a personal responsibility of pilots to be fit for flight, and especially to recognise the adverse effects of short term illness, alcohol, drugs, or fatigue. Medical requirements are summarised below.

BGA Medical Requirements

The BGA accepts differing levels of fitness matched to various risk exposures as described in the BGA medical requirements listed under BGA ‘Laws and Rules’.

UK Private Pilot Licence Medical Requirements

Pilots exercising the privileges of UK national private pilot licences in the UK are required to meet the medical standard laid down by the UK CAA. With effect from late summer 2016, the minimum requirement is that the pilot makes a formal declaration to the CAA. This replaces the NPPL medical where a GP endorses a self declaration. Please note that existing valid GP endorsed medical declarations are acceptable. See CAA medical guidance (select ‘General Aviation’).

If a pilot cannot make the declaration, he or she should contact an AME. An EASA class 1 or class 2 or LAPL medical certificate is an acceptable alternative.

CAA UK PPL Medical Declaration

EASA Medical Requirements

Pilots exercising the privileges of an EASA SPL or PPL are required to hold as a minimum an EASA class 2 medical certificate. Pilots exercising the privileges of a LAPL are required to hold as a minimum an EASA LAPL medical certificate. See EASA medical requirements.

Initial EASA medical certificates should be issued the by the country that issues the licence. It is possible to apply to the CAA for a ‘change of State of Licence Issue’ where the initial medical certificate was issued elsewhere under EASA rules. Subsequent revalidation/renewal can take place under any AME across Europe.

The BGA also publishes useful detail in its Guidance for SPL and LAPL(S) holders.

This summary may be helpful;

  • LAPL(S)/LAPL(A) – EASA LAPL, class 2, or class 1 medical certificate
  • SPL/PPL – EASA class 2 or class 1 medical certificate

BGA Medical Advisor

A BGA medical advisor can be contacted via the BGA office.