17 DECEMBER 2012

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Article from BTNews 17 DECEMBER 2012

Aeromedical Centre opens

NATS has been awarded Aeromedical Centre status, making it the UK’s only provider of initial commercial pilot and air traffic control medicals outside of the Civil Aviation Authority.

NATS’ Occupational Health team has years of experience in providing medicals for its own 2,000 air traffic controllers who have to meet strict health criteria.

As an Aeromedical Centre, NATS doctors can now perform initial medical examinations for controllers and initial commercial pilot certification for anyone who wants to become a professional pilot.

NATS is offering these services to other aviation companies, including controllers at non-NATS airports, commercial airlines and to individual pilots.  All pilots and air traffic controllers have to comply with the medical criteria set down in European law which ensures they can carry out their jobs safely.  This is being extended to cabin crew from April 2014.

Medicals involve a number of health checks, including eye-sight, hearing, and screening for illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.  Pilots and controllers who fall ill are then monitored and helped back to work as soon as possible.

Despite only being open for business for a short time, the Centre has already performed initial class 1 medicals for trainee commercial pilots from as far afield as Libya and Mauritius. www.nats.co.uk

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