If you read my previous post about the EASA transition, you will have noticed that the advice for almost every person is start by getting a LAPL medical. This post details the process and points out some of the main pitfalls. As a medical is a personal matter, it will not be possible to list every possible event, however this should cover the experience of most healthy students.
What is a LAPL Medical, and why do I need it?
To fly solo you require a Medical Certificate to declare that you are fit to fly. Up to 8th April 2015 you only require a Private Pilots Medical Declaration signed by your GP. However, from 8th April 2015 you will a new LAPL Medical if you wish to fly solo. The LAPL Medical is more rigorous than the Medical Declaration, but less rigorous than the JAR Class 1&2 Medicals required for instructors, airline pilots, and people with the Sail Plane Licence (SPL).
When should I get my LAPL Medical?
There is not any reason to delay getting the Medical, for people under 40 it is valid for 5 years from the day of issue. If you are doing the EASA transition, it is likely to be quite time-consuming and getting the medical done early will give you more time to do everything else.
I’m Pre-Solo do I need a LAPL Medical?