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We offer several Pilot License preventative examinations

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News

Flight school members get 10% discount

Members of acknowledged flight schools receive a 10% discount on preventative exams. This applies to the AME exams, not additional tests or optometrist testing. Candidates need to bring along their membership card or invoice of contribution as a token of proof.

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LAPL medical suffices for MLA and Annex 2 airplanes

Class 2 medical for MLA and Annex 2 is no longer required, a LAPL medical suffices On November 15th 2017 the Dutch State Paper (Staatscourant)published an announcement regarding medical requirements for MLA, self constructed and Annex 2 light airplanes. Pilot flying...

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Introduction

Marcel van Philips, General Practitionar and Aero Medical Examinar
Flying is fun, piloting an airplane is even more fun. For one pilot flying is a passion, for another its a sport and yet another pilot enjoys flying commercially. Every pilot knows the feeling of adrenaline kicking in when piloting an airplane independently, and striving to achieve more exiting experiences. I am an AME (Aero Medical Examiner) who doens’t (yet) fly, however, I just started my flight training in the Summer of 2017, to obtain my PPL-MLA. I have affinity with flying, airplanes and pilots.

Flying is like professional sports. A pilot must be both physically and mentally be in top condition. One thing is certain: every plane that is airborne, must come down somehow, hopefully in a normal fashion. Because a pilot needs to be in great shape, it is the AME’s duty to assess the medical condition thoroughly. I have a duty towards the pilot, the passengers and the people at ground level to assess if a pilot is fit to fly. It is an AME’s aim to examine pilot in such a manner that an assessment can be made if a pilot is fit to fly, regardlesss the presence of any medical history of illness or disability. The risk of an unforeseen incapacitation or medical emergency otherwise should be less than one percent. There is a lot of European regulation concerning the medical safety for pilots. The EASA has guidelines in implementing rules for several medical safety issues, by which I abide.

If medical conditions deem necessary, an AME can refer the candidate pilot to a medical specialist for further assessment. This MD should be an AME also or a specialist with experience in aviation medicine and acceptable to Medical Authority.

As an AME all my efforts are aimed at assessing a pilot to be healthy and fit to operate and piloting an aircraft, weighing all information of the medical history, the physical examination and all other additional relevant information. However, I do not only serve a pilots interest, but I also serve a general interest of the public. Thus, when a pilot doesn’t meet the medical standards of EASA guidelines, the medical certificate has to be rejected, either temporary or permanently. It is in everybody’s interest that the risk of an acute medical emergency of the pilot during flight is minimized, to avoid a possible crash.

I am looking forward to meeting you at my medical practice and hear your wonderful stories about flying.

Sincerely,

Marcel van Philips, General Practitioner-sonographer-travellers doctor and Aero Medical Examinar

Frontoffice Marcel van Philips

Application forms

To apply and make an appointment for preventative examination.

In addition to this online registration form you need to download this medical questionnaire [pdf] to print out and fill in and take it with you to the examination.

Doctor on Board is affiliated with Irene Dijkhof, optometrist from Ortho-Eyes in Alkmaar. You can make an appointment with her, when required, for eye and vision examinations, prior to the AME appointment. There is no waiting list.  She is familiar with the examination requirements and forms for pilots, concerning class 2 and LAPL preventative exams. It costs €50,-
Oogmetrie Haarlem | Koninginneweg 31 | 2012 GJ Haarlem | Tel: 06-14341312 | info@oogmetriehaarlem.nl


Class 2 preventative exams
Private pilote license (PPL)

This concerns preventative exams for (candidate) pilot, according to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) regulation under the auspices of IL&T (Inspection of Living environment and Transport, Aviation section). We examine non-commercial pilots with PPL certificates and SEP, TMG, MLA ratings.

Candidate pilots

It is wise to undergo an initial medical examination before starting an expensive flight training program. It will safe you both money and frustration if you were to be rejected medically to fly airplanes.

Beware

The examinee requires a thorough acuity assessment with one of our optometrist, bring the ophthalmologic report during the consult with the AME. Also bring all glasses (every pilot is required to have a spare) or contact lenses. If you forget any of these things, the appointment with the AME will be cancelled. A new appointment will be required.

Validity period of class 2 examinations for PPL

  • Under 40 year: 60 months=5 years validity
  • From 40-50 years: 24 months=2 years validity
  • From 50 years upwards: 12 months=1 year validity
You can apply for a follow up examination for medical certificate up till 45 days before expiration date, while maintaining the same date.

 


The preventative exam entails the following

  • A thorough questionnaire concerning health issues, previous medical history, procedures and use of medical drugs, i.e. medication
  • A thorough physical examination
  • Hb measurement through a finger pinch
  • Cholesterol is measured during every initial examination and when two or more cardiovascular risk factors are present
  • Urine test
  • Vision acuity testing (either with the AME if non ophthalmologic conditions exist, or with our designated optometrist, which is mandatory for all initial exams
  • Hearing (audiometry) test is required for all instrument ratings, with every exam (both initial and renewal)
  • With every initial preventative examination and from 50 years upwards with every follow up assessment, additional tests could be required like an ECG. Lungfunction test, hearing tests and middle ear pressure tests are only performed if needed.

What is required of you for the preventative examination?

 

You must fill in the medical history form digitally, print it, sign it and bring it with you.

If you are still under treatment or follow up of a medical specialist, you need to bring their medical correspondence, letters to the general practitioner, with you.

If you are using medical drugs, both prescription and over the counter ones, you need to bring a summary list from your pharmacy or general practitioner.

If you either wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you need to need to bring those. Spare glasses are always required, and all vision correction glasses or contact lenses need to checked and brought to the appointment.

In case vision correction is required by glasses or contact lenses, or if there is a history of ocular pathology, you must first be examined by an optometrist, regarding EASA rules, before your appointment with the AME.

Please take into account that a full physical examination is required by the AME, and you must be able to undress with your underwear still on.
Type of preventative examination*
Date of birth*:
Gender*
BSN number:
Glasses or contact lenses*:for distantfor closefor bothNo

LAPL preventative examinations

Light Aircraft Pilot License

also for glider pilots, hot air balloonists and drone pilots

LAPL

Light Aircraft Pilot License preventative examinations, also for glider pilots and balloonists, are not meant for commercial purposes. These exams are also subjected to EASA regulations, but these are at some points less strict than PPL regulations. The follow up frequency is somewhat different from PPL. From July 1st 2015 drone pilots are obligated to undergo preventative examinations by an AME.

Validity period of LAPL examinations

  • Under 40 year: 60 months=5 years validity
  • From 40 year upwards: 24 months=2 years validity

You can apply for a follow up examination for medical certificate up till 45 days before expiration date, while maintaining the same date.


The preventative exam entails the following

  • A thorough questionnaire concerning health issues, previous medical history, procedures and use of medical drugs, i.e. medication
  • A thorough physical examination
  • Hb measurement through a finger pinch
  • Urine test
  • Vision acuity testing (either with the AME if non ophthalmologic conditions exist, or with our designated optometrist, when suffering from visual or ocular conditions
  • Hearing test if required
  • When indicated, additional tests can be conducted, like an ECG. spirometry, hearing test and middle ear pressure tests. These tests are only performed if needed.

If the AME has all the required medical information he can either approve, disapprove or hold off the issuing of the medical certificate. In case of postponement the AME can refer to a specialist AME or specialist acceptable to Medical Authority for further specialist assessment. Or the AME can consult with the Medical Authority for a ruling on the medical certificate.

What is required of you for the preventative examination?

You mus fill in the medical history form digitally, print it, sign it and bring it with you.

If you are still under treatment or follow up of a medical specialist, you need to bring their medical correspondence, letters to the general practitioner, with you.

If you are using medical drugs, both prescription and over the counter ones, you need to bring a summary list from your pharmacy or general practitioner.

If you either wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you need to need to bring those. Spare glasses are always required, and all vision correction glasses or contact lenses need to checked and brought to the appointment.

In case vision correction is required by glasses or contact lenses, or if there is a history of ocular pathology, you must first be examined by an optometrist, regarding EASA rules, before your appointment with the AME.

Please take into account that a full physical examination is required by the AME, and you must be able to undress with your underwear still on.

Type of preventative examination*
Date of birth*:
Gender*
BSN number:
Glasses or contact lenses*:for distantfor closefor bothNo

Prices

10% discount for members of flight schools.
Bring your membership card.

Initial class 2 preventative examinations:
€ 180,-
Initial LAPL preventative examinations:
€ 150,-
Follow up class 2 preventative examinations:

€ 95,-

Re-assessment class 2 (without physical examination):

€ 75,-

Follow up LAPL preventative examinations:

€ 80,-

Re-assessment LAPL (without physical examination):

€ 65,-

ECG:
€ 45,-
Spirometry:
€ 45,-
Audiometry:
€ 45,-
Tympanometry:
€ 22,50
ABPM (24-hours bloodpressure monitoring):
€ 45,-
Prices include Dutch VAT
Additional costs for laboratory, optometrist or specialist consults will be charged to the pilot. Doctor on Board doesn’t play a role in these transactions.

Prices

10% discount for members of flight schools.
Bring your membership card.

Initial class 2 preventative examinations:
€ 180,-
Initial LAPL preventative examinations:
€ 150,-
Follow up class 2 preventative examinations:
€ 90,-
Follow up LAPL preventative examinations:
€ 75,-
ECG:
€ 45,-
Spirometry:
€ 45,-
Audiometry:
€ 45,-
Tympanometry:
€ 22,50
ABPM (24-hours bloodpressure monitoring):
€ 45,-
Prices include Dutch VAT
Additional costs for laboratory, optometrist or specialist consults will be charged to the pilot. Doctor on Board doesn’t play a role in these transactions.

Contact


General medical practice Van Philips

Geert Groteplein 28A
1813 BM Alkmaar
The Netherlands

Doctor on Board

Geert Groteplein 28A
1813 BM Alkmaar
The Netherlands

Marcel van Philips office