I have just had my Class 1 medical renewal.
This entailed a trip to the Aeromed Centre(Staff and Doctors excellent as usual).
In no particular order the renewal consists of:
*Provide urine sample
*Sit in the corner, cover each eye and read the chart.
*Take off shirt and the doctor checks breathing.
*Stand on the weighing scales
*The famous cough test.
Simple as that. Fifteen minutes.
All for the Rip off Republic price of Eur 199 ???????????
Can someone tell a very irate pilot paying through the backside already for flight training, who sets this price and how the hell they get away with it?? Where is the representation for pilots to fight this sort exploitation?
Let me clarify that in no way is my gripe with the excellent staff of the Aeromed Section, I am merely questioning the administrators setting this ridiculous price.
As for the cost, well you live in Ireland for one and you are a rich pilot for another thus can afford the price. Or so it seems.
I was almost shocked at my most recent renewal that it only cost as 'little' as that. I think I paid over 400 pounds for my initial.
Have you been to a GP lately? It can cost 50 Euro just to turn up and renew your prescription. Hello, good day, good bye. That'll be 50 Euro please.
Andy I likewise paid 604 for the initial and my point would be how does something that does not include the ECG, Blood sample, Spirogram??, Chest X-RAY, Hearing test cost a full one third of the all inclusive medical. Surely all of the above are the expensive parts and the minor ten to fifteen minute physical I had does not equate to the money they are looking for. As for the medical coming down in price I was quoted Eur 170 when booking only to be told now that it is Eur 199.
As for being a "rich pilot" and before you scold me for not seeing the irony in your comment, would you like to know how many tens of thousands in debt I am because of my almost completed training. Not the IAA's fault I know but I do feel I'm justified in questioning the price of what is essentially nothing more than your GP would do in a standard check up.
Most of my friends were in the same situation. Yet the myth still persists that we must have had lots of money.
Fortunately I have avoided the cough test for a while now
— Cecil Day Lewis
This puts my mind at ease and as a bonus gets my motorsport and scuba medicals signed up at the same time.
Sounds like aero meds are subsidising some other part of the system...
You should write a letter to the FlyingInIreland Editor (editor at Flying In Ireland dot com), maybe then we can get the IAA to (try) justify the cost.
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I mean, look at all the exposure Galway airport got and as far as I know, they are still ripping people off. Still, it would draw some attention to it I suppose....
Have GY justified their extortionate landing fee yet?
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