Aviation Medical Certification

Dr. Punita Masrani

MBBS, MD Aerospace Medicine, MAeSI
A graduate of K J Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre, University of Mumbai, she earned her specialization in Aerospace Medicine from Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bangalore in 2001.
Dr. Punita Masrani is an Aviation Medical Examiner for the following National Aviation Authorities :
  • DGCA India
  • Transport Canada
  • FAA USA
  • EASA
  • QCAA Qatar
  • UAE GCAA
  • CASA Australia
  • CAA New Zealand
  • CAA South Africa
  • CAA Fiji
Dr. Punita serves as:
Panel Physician for British Airways, MedAire and International SOS
Empanelled Medical Examiner, Directorate General of Shipping, India
She has a particular interest in the management and certification of complex aeromedical cases and education of aircrew in health, lifestyle and safety issues.

Professional Associations:
Academician, International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine
Associate Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association, USA
Associate Fellow, Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine
Member, Aeronautical Society of India
Member, Aerospace Medicine International
Member, Indian Women Pilot Association
Her scientific presentations include:
'Vision assessment in Regulatory Aviation medicine' at the 64th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine at New Delhi, India, 2016.
'Aeromedical decision making in pilots with Myocardial Bridge' at the 63rd International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine at Oxford, UK 2015.
'Aeromedical concerns in certification with implanted multifocal intraocular lenses – an international perspective' at the 86th Aerospace Medical Association meeting at Orlando, USA, 2015.
Academic contribution to the Cabin Crew manual for Air India on "First Aid and In-flight Medical Emergencies".
'A Study On The Effect of Yogic Exercises On Simulated Microgravity' at the 73rd Aerospace Medical Association meeting at Montreal, Canada, 2002.
'Kanishk Revisited' at 41st Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine at Bangalore, India, 2000.
'Space Medicine' at 39th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine at Bangalore, India, 1998.
Latest Updates
DGCA
With Immediate effect the Class I medical examinations for the following cases shall be only at AFCME, New Delhi/ IAM IAF Bangalore / MEC(E), Jorhat. . .
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Aviation Medical Certification

DGCA India - Since 2012
Class 1 Renewals
What do I bring along?
A photo-ID proof, 1 photo, last medical assessment, spectacles and contact lenses are required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if your BMI is > 29
Which tests are required for overweight candidates?
Lipids profile and blood sugar while fasting and after 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Can I carry my reports?
Yes, from an NABL Lab, else signed by the airline doctor.
Do I need my PMR?
No.
When do I need an NOC?
If medical is being done 4 weeks prior or delayed beyond validity date

Class 2 Initials
What do I bring along?
Class X or XII marksheet – notary attested photo- copy, photo-id with age proof, 4 photos, previous medical assessment if any, spectacles and contact lenses are required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if your BMI is > 25
Can I carry my blood reports?
Yes, from an NABL Lab
Which tests are required for overweight candidates
Lipids profile and blood sugar while fasting and after 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Is LASIK allowed by the DGCA?
Yes, medical fitness can be assessed 6 months after the LASIK

Class 2 Renewals
What do I bring along?
A photo-ID proof, 1 photo, previous medical assessment, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription are required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if your BMI is > 29
Which tests are required for overweight candidates?
Lipids profile and blood sugar while fasting and after 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Can I carry my reports?
Yes, from an NABL Lab
Viewing online medical assessment
Transport Canada - Since 2006
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, Aviation Booklet/ last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription are required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, for initial medicals.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
FAA USA - Since 2008
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription is required.
Does it require fasting?
Blood tests are not routinely done.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
EASA - Since 2011
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles and contact lenses with prescription is required for the examination.
Does it require fasting?
Instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Are you permitted to issue the medical certificate?
We issue medical certificates for UK, EU countries for Class 1 renewals, LAPL initial for Class 2 renewals and for cabin crew.
Is your medical certificate accepted by my local regulator?
Yes, UK and all EU states will accept the certificate.
QCAA Qatar - Since 2015
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles and contact lenses with prescription is required for the examination.
Does it require fasting?
For renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Are you permitted to issue the medical certificate?
Yes, for all classes initial, renewals and cabin crew
Will I have to do another medical in Qatar?
Perhaps a pre-employment medical would be required. The QCAA Class 1 Pilot medical certificate issued by V.M. Medicals is valid for 1 year.
GCAA UAE - Since 2012
Log onto the UAE GCAA website to submit your application prior to coming for the medical exam.
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles and contact lenses with prescription is required for the examination.
Does it require fasting?
For Renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
Are you permitted to issue medical certificates?
GCAA Class 1 initials are not done by us. Renewals and cabin crew - Yes
Will I have to do another medical in UAE?
You do not need to repeat the GCAA medicals. However, you may need to do a separate visa medical in your home country and pre-employment medical in UAE. These are not done by us.
CASA Australia - Since 2003
Log onto the Online Medical Records System of CASA to submit your application prior to coming for the medical exam. http://services.casa.gov.au/avmed/mrs/
Book an appointment with a DAO for your specialist eye examination if this is an initial medical exam.
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription is required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if this is an initial medical. For renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
Payment to CASA for Aviation Medical Certificate
CAA New Zealand - Since 2003
Log onto the CAANZ website to make the online payment prior to your exam.
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription is required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if this is an initial medical. For renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
CAA South Africa - Since 2010
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription is required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if this is an initial medical. For renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
CAA Fiji - Since 2011
What do I bring along?
Passport, 1 photo, last medical certificate, spectacles, contact lenses with prescription is required.
Does it require fasting?
Yes, if this is an initial medical. For renewals, instructions will be given at the time of confirming your appointment.
Do I need to carry any reports?
No, unless you have had hospitalization, surgery or treatment for more than 2 weeks. In case yes, all medical reports will be required.
Latest Updates
DGCA
With Immediate effect the Class I medical examinations for the following cases shall be only at AFCME, New Delhi/ IAM IAF Bangalore / MEC(E), Jorhat. . .
Read More
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Pilot Medical and Aviation Medicine Advisory Services

The Need
As a trained pilot, your being diagnosed with an illness need not bring your career to a halt. There are some medical conditions which may result in your being temporarily medically unfit, and others where there is likely threat of loss of medical certificate.
What can we do for you?
We offer you evidence based advice to help your treating doctor make the best clinical decision without compromising aviation safety or rendering you unfit for longer than absolutely necessary.
Once you have recovered adequately to apply for renewal of your medical certificate, we help you present your case with the required investigations and specialist reports, for assessment by the aviation regulator.
We are happy to collaborate with your airline medical department, if you so desire.
With our knowledge of aviation medical policies of diverse regulators, we can facilitate the preparation of an “information package” to assist in decision making by the regulator(s). This helps you save time and effort to regain your medical certificate.
We maintain complete confidentiality and advocacy with the regulator(s) is done only with the pilot's consent.
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Long term health for Pilots and Cabin Crew

The Need
When you become a pilot, you have invested in your dreams. Your medical ensures that you are fit to fly (for 1 year). But are you sure you would stay fit for the say next 10 years and more?
We wish to help you maintain long term health and helping you maintain fitness to fly for many years. And we do that on a one to one basis because every pilot is a different individual.
The way you live, eat and work including your stresses can affect your health and lead to lifestyle related diseases that can be prevented. Primary prevention is likely to be more effective in improving your health in the long term and also improve flight safety. The ICAO is also advocating advising pilots to adopt a lifestyle that minimises health risks and increases the chances of a full career.
What can we do for you?
At the time of your initial or renewal medicals (or even in between if required), we offer you a friendly and supportive discussion, about your lifestyle patterns as also based on family history, to help identify areas to focus to stay in good physical and mental (emotional) health, in turn preventing lifestyle related diseases. The small investment of your time to consult with us can go a long way to help you stay fit to fly and live healthy.
In case you already have a health problem, (even a high BMI), we explain and help you understand how best to take care of yourself, and to alter some of your lifestyle to help improve and monitor your health.
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Long term health for Air Traffic Controllers

As for aircrew, so also for Air Traffic Controllers, with their shift duties and stresses of the job, we offer lifestyle related advice to promote positive health. A healthier you can be more productive and maintain your medical fitness for a long fulfilling career.
What to bring along
Original, valid photo-id proof preferably passport, PAN card, Aadhaar card or employee identity card
Two passport size photographs
Previous medical certificate for renewals
Spectacles with prescription, if using. Contact lenses if using must be removed and brought along
Prescriptions, hospitalisation papers and investigation reports if any since the last medical
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