Aeromedical examination


In order to be allowed to independently operate an aircraft, pilots must undergo an aeromedical examination. KLM Health Services offers expertise in the field of aeromedical examinations. Annually, we perform more than 5,000 check-ups for both professional and private pilots. We perform all types of aeromedical examinations: Class 1 (for commercial and airline pilots), Class 2 (for recreational pilots), LAPL (light aircraft pilot license – gliders etc.) and Class 3 (for air traffic controllers). Cabin crew also periodically undergo a medical examination.

Medical requirements

The purpose of an aeromedical examination is to determine whether your health condition presents a risk to safety in air traffic. It is thus a safety check that complies with medical requirements such as they are legally established on a European level. In the Netherlands, the aeromedical exams are carried out in accordance with the medical requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The medical requirements for the certification of air traffic controllers are layed down in the European Medical Certification Requirements (EMCR) for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC). KLM Health Services is also authorised to conduct aeromedical examinations following the guidelines of other countries such as Australia, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.


The examination includes a detailed analysis of the pilot’s medical history. Subsequently, a number of tests take place. These include:

  • Urine and blood tests
  • Height, weight, BMI, and blood pressure measurement
  • (Extensive) eye tests and colour vision tests
  • Audiogram
  • Electrocardiogram

If our medical examiner finds it necessary, our aviation medicine specialists (cardiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, ENT specialists) are consulted. The exact contents of a medical examination differ per type and class of medical certificate, rating and the age of the pilot.


Class 1 pilots must be medically examined every year. The frequency of exams for class 2 and 3 pilots is dependent of their age.

More information

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