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Class 1 IAA Medical

Post by Lambada Crazy » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:40 pm

Hi all,

I applied about a year ago to the Irish aviation Authority for an initial class one medical. I arrived for the medical that morning in the Mater hospital where i was greeted by the lovely staff. I got through my medical ok and i was told to expect the results in a weeks time.

A month went by with no sign of anything so i called the doctor from the IAA, another 3 weeks later i get a letter from the IAA, and it stated "incomplete report". So i tried calling the iaa, but the doctor was at a medical conference and was away for a couple of weeks . I called back the Mater Hospital where the receptionist in the Aeromecial Centre told me "due to your history of asthma, you need to add a report from a respitory physician", i later received a letter from the IAA informing me to go to my GP and get an appointment with the respitory physician and of course the usual "were not responsable for any fees etc" .

I went to my gp and he said "ok, where do you want to go, theres only 2 of these guys in ireland, X County or Y County. So i took the X Option option as it was closest. Day off work and College saw me heading for the "X Clinic" to see the 1 of only 2 respitory physicians. He took peak flow tests etc, asked about my history and told me i would have to go to the University Hospital for testing.

Another day set out for the University Hospital where i had a Spirometry test and Pulmory Function tests.

I received the report about a month later which stated in exact words,

"Dear Doctor,
...........In my opinion, I would class Mr.XY fit for a JAA Class One Medical from seeing the requirments...."


I forward the report on to the doctor and got a swift reply to which she declared that "candidates suffering from lung disease will be assessed in accordance to JAR 123456 and so on which states "candidates are assessed in accordance to their PFT tests and the final descision will come from the AME and also to IAA requirments 1234.123 which states "candidates must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years free of acute attacks", She aknowledged the report but took no consideration of it.

Now, ireland is a JAA state as is the UK, I made an appointment today to see Dr. Hopkirk in the UK who is the CAAs Recomended Respitory Physician on lung disease and Class 1 medicals. Which costs another ?90 and flights which costs ?56.

The point of all this is, why was i sent to see a respitory physician who said that i would be perfectly safe for a class 1, and the report was just completly ignored. I have tried calling and e-mailing her but she seemes to be "out of office" untill next tuesday.

I find it very frustrating that " you can get a CAA Class 1 Med and a CAA JAA CPL and fly commercialy in ireland but yet you cannot get a medical in ireland, but yet you can get one in the uk, Where is the point of JAA?

I know i dont have a CAA Class 1 "yet" but ive heard countless "success" stories about the CAA.

The IAA only having one AME is not acceptable, and the fact that she is out of office for half the year is also not acceptable. Our neighbours have "FOUR" Aero mecial examiners if im correct.

With all respect to her, The fees for all licences are expensive, why cant they have at least 2 AMEs?
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:41 pm

Also noted that the CAA do not have the same "5" year rule that the IAA impose.
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Post by ei6265 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:21 pm

Lambada, I know how you feel...check your PMs.

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Re: Class 1 IAA Medical

Post by VNAV PTH » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:10 pm

Lambada Crazy wrote:Hi all,
i called Dr.Roodenburg from the IAA, (who wasnt very helpful as i couldnt really understand what she was saying),


She is impossible to deal with, even those working in the Mater Aeromedical section say that. I had an issue to do with a foreign medical a couple of years ago, and she was completely unhelpful and uninterested.
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:05 am

It really is a scam, when i did get in contact with her once, she said "i get loads of applications every day, im too busy, i will call you if i come across anything - Goodbye"
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Post by Delta Romeo » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:24 pm

I thought it was just me thinking that this iaa doc was really rude and abrupt. I had spoken to her many times and always found her to be totally unhelpful. Who can you complain to?
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:21 pm

possibly one of the directors!
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:18 am

Well i got my opinion from the CAA,

I arrived to the huge Aviation House at London Gatwick, where i was greeted by the receptionist, Where he gave me ID and checked me in to the building. The building was HUGE, there must be around 600 people working there. I went over to the medical Section, I waited to see the Respitory Specialist, where i done Peak Flow and FEV1 tests, I then was seen by the doctor for an examination, i did an excercise run around the building for 6 minutes and i repeated the tests. I then had to wait for 10 minutes to repeat the test again. I went back to see the Dr again and he explained all about asthma, (at this stage i was about to fall off the chair with tension) and he told me that i was acceptable for a JAA Class 1 Medical. I was delighted. All the trouble i had before and it finally came to an end. Now, has anyone got any ideas about changing a JAA Class1 over to an IAA Jaa class1, because i still think shes going to be sticky to pass me.
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:19 am

Ill add that i got RYR flights DUB to LGW for 25 euro and the car park fee at dublin was 40euro, i think i parked in the wrong car park lol :D
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Post by mike romeo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:23 pm

Delta Romeo wrote:I thought it was just me thinking that this iaa doc was really rude and abrupt. I had spoken to her many times and always found her to be totally unhelpful. Who can you complain to?


I had terrible trouble with the doc you are referring to. Couldn't revalidate my class 2 because she had "a load of class 1's" to get through. Apparenty it was sitting on her desk for a month. As a result I have to do an LPC next month because I couldn't get the 12 hours in to keep the licence current. I made an official complaint over the phone. I think the number is on the website, its an 061 number. Had my class 2 in the post the next week

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Post by stovepipe » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:15 am

Hi all
I'll bate that.She rang me one day, to reply to a query from me concerning an eyesight issue on my Class 1 and told me I'd have to re-do my Class 1 after treating my cancer! Which was a big surprise to me, as you can imagine.It turns out she'd mixed up my file with another person whose first name is the same as mine.So I got a grovelling letter of apology in the post :lol: , which I still have.
Em , is printing her name here not a bit unsafe? I've never seen any member of the IAA criticised by name in public before....
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Post by AndyMax » Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:36 pm

I have had dealings with the same doctor and she is extremely rude and unhelpful.

Did my class 1 initial two years ago. 1 month later and I had heard nothing. So I called her up and she said she simply forgot about my application and it was "missing on her desk somewhere".

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Post by Lambada Crazy » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:58 pm

It seems like the Irish Specifications are that the same of NASAs astronauts. I have booked a full Medical with the CAA, i have decided that my only other option for me is to go through the UK route,
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Post by AndyMax » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:26 pm

Is my post I put up (about 2 years ago) about the Class 1 medical still on the forums? I posted a detailed description of what goes on during the test.

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CLASS 1 MED

Post by zulu10 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:27 pm

Ive heard atleast once in the past year or so that the IAA were considering a test centre for Class 1 medical renewals outside Dublin. Anyone?

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