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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Class I Medical Reply with quote

Hi!

I am looking to book my Class I Medical shortly, I was wondering if anyone could give me the contact phone number at Gatwick so I can give them a ring. In your experience how long does the medical take and how soon can they usually fit you in? Do you have to book months in advance? I currently have a Class II and the actual medical examination took about 2 hours. Is this one longer?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi WhirlyGirl,

The following link from the CAA website will assist you - medicals come under the remit of the Safety Regulation Group at Gatwick:

http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?categoryid=49&pagetype=90&pageid=527

There is a pdf file accessed from this page which describes the various tests (I did try to cut and paste for everyone's info, but as usual my computer skills let me down... Confused )

It will cost you the grand total of ??337 as long as no additional tests are required (see scale of charges accessed from the same page). I dug out my papaerwork from six years ago and it shows that I got an appointment for 14th July after phoning on 9th June, so not too bad.

The number is: +44 (0)1293 573700

They suggest you should allow 3-4 hours for the examination (mine took most of the morning) and you probably won't get the full results there and then as you have to wait for the ECG to be examined at a later date.

An important point to note is not to drive there - they may use eye drops that will blur your vision so they recommend you don't drive afterwards. On the plus side however, give me a buzz when you have booked your appointment and I'll try to get along afterwards to say hi as that's my neck of the woods Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks DB!

I will give them a call on Monday. I tried today but they were closed. Has the fee gone down? I seem to remember reading somewhere last year that it was ??441.00 at Gatwick. Oh weil, I am not complaining! Very Happy

I heard a rumour you have to walk around all day in white dressing gowns! Could it be true? Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem!

I wondered about the fee too, as it seems a bit cheaper now than when I had mine. Perhaps I hadn't included something from the list of extras (it is quite a big list...).

I had also forgotten about the dressing gown thing, but it is quite true. I suppose you can alleveiate some of the stress by imagining you are at one of those girly pampering spa days, not that I can imagine you get electrodes attached to your head during too many of them?

On the plus side, everyone who administered the various tests was very pleasant and friendly. They seem to recognise the nerves that people clearly feel duing these medicals and how "make or break" they can be regards peoples' careers. I particularly recall having a laugh with the very nice young lady who did the brain scan thingy (note technical term), but then as she was probably reading my mind from the monitor, that was probably a good thing... Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brain Scan?!?! Shocked

Oh my god they're going to read my mind?! lol!
They'll find out about the can-can! Oh no!

Joking aside, I am glad you say they are friendly, I guess a lot of people get nervous about having their medicals done at Gatwick. I shall give them a call tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair, "brain scan" was my poor description of what is actually called an electroencephalogram (EEG). The pre-medical blurb tells you that you should not have any gel or hairspray in your hair before it. Imagine! I couldn't do a thing with mine! Razz

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Wouldn't be any good for WhirlyGuy then - he has more hairgel than hair!! Laughing
I don't use hairgel or hairspray so that won't be a problem!

Anything else I should know about?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wear your best pants and leave the Can-Van until the end (for safety reasons, obviously).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fee has come down from last year as they have removed the EEG ( the head test for eplipsey).

It is a ncie facility - in that it is modern etc, although they dont give you the results on the day as they need the radiologist who attends twice a week to check the x-ray - which is a complete joke.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can-Van???

Would that be Can
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PANTS?? OMG what a Victorian word! Any self-respecting girly pilot would only wear a thong surely - weight considerations being my concern of course...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol - Weight consideration is key!!!

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When you've quite finished discussing my underwear... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol - I wont say a word Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well no actually - we haven't!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Memo to self: always proof-read posts before submitting

As to what a Can-Van is? Who knows? Perhaps a variation on a dance but using Ford Transits? Perhaps I came over all unnecessary recalling WG and CW's can-can video and fell on the keyboard again.

And I think "pants" is a great word (no doubt our American friends will only think I was referring to trousers and wonder why I mentioned them at all). For the record, I didn't wear a thong to my medical, but then it's probably just as well...

And now, with the thread completely off topic, I shall leave... Embarassed

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