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The medical requirements for LAPL and PPL pilot licenses is discussed in this article. This will help those pursuing a license choose the one most suitable for them. Sign up to be notified when we post a new quiz, article or pilot tip.


When flying with an instructor you do not need to have a valid medical certificate. Prior to flying solo for the first time, you must pass a medical examination. The examination is similar to one you may be asked to undergo for life insurance purposes.

LAPL Medical Certificate Requirements

You need a LAPL medical certificate from either an AME or in certain cases your GP. These are recognised within the European Union.

The wearing of glasses /contact lenses is not a problem in most circumstances. The correction of vision by wearing spectacles/lenses falls within the limitations required by the medical standards. Limitations on your licence may be imposed but these usually mean the carrying of a spare pair of spectacles.

Keeping Your LAPL Medical Certificate Up to Date

Your medical has to be valid to maintain a valid pilot license. It is renewed either every 5 years for the younger members or every 6 months for those of a more mature age.

Applying for a Medical License

The CAA Website has detailed and up to date information and allows you to:

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