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Old 6th Dec 2017, 08:24   #1 (permalink)


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EU Class 3 Medical ATCO

Hi,

I have recently been accepted into NATS after completing their vigorous recruitment process.

I am going to be class 3 medical tomorrow and didnít know what I should expect if anyone has gone through this before?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 6th Dec 2017, 09:35   #2 (permalink)
 
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If you can fog a mirror you’ll be given a class 3 *

You’ll be asked about about your/family medical history, weighed, measured, samples of blood/urine taken, ecg, aural test, eyesight test (maybe done in advance) all the while being assessed for any phsycho tendencies.

* exceptions include: colourblindness; heart issues; drug use; mental health problems;
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Old 6th Dec 2017, 09:47   #3 (permalink)
 
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Congratulations on getting through the rest of it! It's a pretty thorough medical but the NATS AMEs are, in my experience, a top bunch of really good people who will put you at ease. You don't have to be Superman to get through it, but they need to be sure you're not going to keel over in front of a radar screen - if there's anything wrong, they'll find it, which is actually pretty reassuring, and not necessarily a 'fail' either.

Good luck, and try to relax (which will also keep your blood pressure down!)
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Old 6th Dec 2017, 12:13   #4 (permalink)
 
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The main thing is not to lie about any recorded medical conditions.
NATS AMEís and other AMEís which they use for the initial examination can have access to your medical records. If they find out something you ďforgotĒ to mention it could cost you your job.
As mentioned above if there is anything unusual you may get referred to the CAA to review your case. This is not an automatic fail it just means you have to jump through some hoops to get the medical certificate ( which may cost you time and money e.g eight months and over one thousand pounds 😱 depending on the issues involved)
At the moment NATS are very good at holding a place for you on a later course.
I know itís daunting but just relax, they are not trying to fail you.
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What puzzles me is why a Class 3 medical for an ATCO over 70 lasts 12 months whilst a FISO Medical for over 70s (which is also valid for HGVs if you're that way inclined) only lasts for 6 months.
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An excellent question Chevvron and one that I'm told is being looked at...
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The FISO medical for over 70s is 'little and often' whilst the ATCO medical is thorough and robust. I know which I would rather have...
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