Things You Need To Know When Taking Aviation Medicals
Flying takes a toll on the body. You are subjected to radiation, recycled air, and varying forms of air pressure. Pilots and aircrew should take regular aviation medicals, and many countries and companies will insist upon a medical, especially for the flight captain.
It will take about an hour, but you should schedule a space in your time of at least three hours to be on the safe side. If you feel ill before going, then reschedule for another time. It is very similar to standard executive and health insurance medicals that you have to take all the time.
What you shouldn’t do when taking aviation medicals in Melbourne.
• Do not drink very cold drinks or eat very cold items before you take your ECG, as it may affect the results.
• Spicy foods will affect the ECG.
• If you are taking any kind of medication, then you may need to tell your doctor, as that may also affect the results.
• Keeping fit is important, but do not exercise strenuously before your exam.
• You will have to give a urine sample, so try not to empty your bladder just prior to your medical.
• Remember to bring your glasses and maybe even your contact lenses, but do not wear your contact lenses during the medical unless you are told to put them in.
• Any further and/or new requirements will be explained to you by the Era staff prior to your exam.
Tips for your aviation medical
Just to be on the safe side, you should bring a list of the medications you are on, including non-prescribed substances, and you should bring any current medical certificates you have.
• Try to arrive well rested and bring some form of photo ID such as your passport or driver’s license.
• Fill in and bring in any paperwork that is requested of you, and this includes any questionnaires you may have been given.
• If you have your pilot’s license, then you should bring that too.
• You should have had your eyes tested within the three months running up to your aviation medical, and you should also bring your glasses or contact lenses if needed.
• You should not wear your contact lenses and/or glasses during the exam until/unless you are told to wear them.
• You may remind the examining doctor if you need mobility help, functional skills help or if you need glasses/lenses.