What you can expect from your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) – Χρύσα Ι. Στάθη

What you can expect from your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)

EASAYour AME is a doctor and should possess a higher qualification in Aerospace Medicine, be up to date with medical requirements, and have access to specialist support where this is required.

Your AME needs to understand both your life and social circumstances and nature of your employment as a pilot, so expect questions about your personal and family life, as well as your job. An understanding of your work pattern/rosters and employment contractual situation can be very important.

 If you identify any areas that you would like further support with as a result of such discussion, your AME can recommend various ways to address them outside of the medical, in order to prevent them becoming an issue that could impact your fitness to fly in the future. This might include Peer Support Programmes, specialised counseling, or support from a professional association. Anything that does not directly impact your fitness to fly will remain confidential between you and your AME.

 Your AME

  • should give adequate time for your appointment and practice from appropriate, and properly equipped, premises.
  • should treat you with respect, and maintains the confidentiality of your medical information.
  • should obtain written consent for your examination. will expect you to answer both written and verbal questions, honestly and fully, and not omit any information.
  • should respond to any concerns or questions you may have concerning your medical history, or the various clinical tests during your medical.

 During the medical

  • you should feel freeto ask about any examination or test being performed. For example ‘What is the reason for this part of the examination?’
  • your AME will explain the medical certificate, and any limitations applied, and your obligation to notify any changes to your health status between medical examinations.
  • your AME may recommend further health promotion actions, such as losing weight, giving up smoking, or other lifestyle changes that promote good psychosocial wellbeing.

 If you are refused a medical certificate, a clear explanation of the reasons should be given to you, and what further actions are needed to re-gain certification. Your rights of appeal against the decision and access to a secondary review must be made clear.



Joint statement by the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) and theEuropean Cockpit Association (ECA)on theAerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Pilot Mental Health: Expert Working Group Recommendations – Revised 2015

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