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Your Aviation Medical

All persons wishing to obtain a pilot’s permit or licence must also be the holder of an aviation medical. For the majority of people this is not an issue, however there are several conditions that may prevent you from qualifying for a medical Certificate. If you are unsure of whether you will be able to pass a medical we suggest that prior to starting any training visit an Aviation Medical Examiner, AME for more information.

You don’t need the medical prior to starting any flight training however, you must have the certificate in your possession prior to going solo for the first time. Processing times can vary depending upon time of year, in some cases up to three months; for this reason we urge all students to have their medical done early in the start of your flight training.

Your Aviation Medical Certificate must be renewed on a regular basis. This renewal date is dependent on your age and the type of permit you hold. A Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) requires as a minimum a Category 4 Medical. A Category 4 Aviation Medical, also known as a medical declaration, is the only medical that can be performed by your family doctor. Before you meet with your family doctor however, you need a medical declaration form. These forms can be obtained through our office or online. Once completed, you can bring the completed form to us and we will send it to Transport Canada for processing.

A Private Pilot License (PPL) requires, as a minimum, a Category 3 Aviation Medical. The Category 3 Medical must be done with an approved Aviation Medical Examiner.

A Commercial Pilot License (CPL) or higher requires as a minimum a Category 1 Medical. The Category 1 Medical must be done with an approved Aviation Medical Examiner. Once the Medical is completed the physician will send it to Transport Canada for processing.

Here is a breakdown of the aviation medicals.


License applicable to

Validity (months)

Under 40 years old

Over 40 years old


Commercial, Private, Recreational




Private, Recreational Pilot Permit




Recreational Pilot Permit



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“I started my flying career in Northern Ontario where I trained with Thunder Bay Flying School and Mount McKay Flying Services. On 6th September 1999 I passed my Private Pilot Flight Test and went from being a passenger to being Pilot in Command. My move from the North in 2002 brought me to Nottawa where I found the Collingwood Airport and Future Air. I have been honing my skills with them ever since, and enjoying the relationship that we have. Since 2002 I have worked with Future Air and obtained my Night rating and VFR over the top rating. During this time I have found the staff to be courteous and helpful the planes clean, well maintained and the documentation to be in place and available for inspection at any time. My overall experience has been and I hope will continue to good.”

Malcolm Rogers

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