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Air Canada Medical

#1 Post by flyhigh008 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:46 pm

Hey All,

Just a question regarding the medical at AC. Im aware that AC have their own medical examiner other than the one we usually go to for our yearly checks. I have flown thousands of hours with no issues and I am wondering since I was diagnosed with slight color blindness but passed all secondary checks by my CAME will the AC doctor do their own checks or will a letter or results from my CAME be good enough? I have a Cat 1 with no restrictions and have 20/20 vision. Just a little worried because I will have my AC medical coming up soon and I am a bit worried about this since I have applied at AC as well.

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#2 Post by Sage » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:20 pm

Bring your letter with you, it won't be an issue. If I remember correctly, they had me place colours in order of lightest to darkest shade in place of the Ishihara plates. Its been a while so I don't remember the name do the test.
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#3 Post by 7ECA » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:17 pm

Farnsworth D-15.
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#4 Post by flyhigh008 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:40 pm

Sage wrote:Bring your letter with you, it won't be an issue. If I remember correctly, they had me place colours in order of lightest to darkest shade in place of the Ishihara plates. Its been a while so I don't remember the name do the test.

Thanks! I actually ended up doing the lantern test and I have the results for that. Hopefully they will accept that!
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#5 Post by Sage » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:59 pm

flyhigh008 wrote:
Sage wrote:Bring your letter with you, it won't be an issue. If I remember correctly, they had me place colours in order of lightest to darkest shade in place of the Ishihara plates. Its been a while so I don't remember the name do the test.

Thanks! I actually ended up doing the lantern test and I have the results for that. Hopefully they will accept that!
Sorry, to be clear, I did the lantern test for TC and had the letter. AC medical will still have you do a colour test. They tried me on the Ishihara plates and I told them I cant see most of them. Then they tried me on the Farnsworth (thanks 7ECA).
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#6 Post by SpdLvlChgClb » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:55 pm

My interview and medical are scheduled for end of November. I am over 40 and my last medical exam was done in March 2017, so is another medical exam required prior to the AC interview and medical?
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#7 Post by Lemon » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:04 pm

They don’t renew your cat 1. Although it covers everything in the cat 1 and then some, it’s just a premployment medical. Your medical must be valid when you go.
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#8 Post by indieadventurer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 am

Do they do an echocardiogram in the preemployment medical?
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#9 Post by rudder » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 am

indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 am
Do they do an echocardiogram in the preemployment medical?
Yes
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#10 Post by indieadventurer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:24 am

rudder wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 am
indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 am
Do they do an echocardiogram in the preemployment medical?
Yes
Sorry just to be clear, that's an echo and an electro they do? Echo being the one where they use sound waves, basically ultrasound the heart.
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Re: Air Canada Medical

#11 Post by AOW » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:25 am

indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:24 am
rudder wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 am
indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 am
Do they do an echocardiogram in the preemployment medical?
Yes
Sorry just to be clear, that's an echo and and electro they do? Echo being the one where they use sound waves, basically ultrasound the heart.
I believe they just do an ECG, not an echo.
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#12 Post by Ironman2909 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:43 am

Yes they do! The pre-employment medical is like a long CAT 1 medical plus a drug test.
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#13 Post by indieadventurer » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:40 am

Ironman2909 wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:43 am
Yes they do! The pre-employment medical is like a long CAT 1 medical plus a drug test.
An echo is not part of a CAT 1 medical though so sounds like no, it's not part of it.
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Re: Air Canada Medical

#14 Post by rudder » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:41 am

indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:24 am
rudder wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 am
indieadventurer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:54 am
Do they do an echocardiogram in the preemployment medical?
Yes
Sorry just to be clear, that's an echo and an electro they do? Echo being the one where they use sound waves, basically ultrasound the heart.
Sorry. ECG. Wires and stuff. No imaging.
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Re: Air Canada Medical

#15 Post by seniorpumpkin » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:21 pm

Just did the pre-employment medical.
It's pretty standard actually. I had a restriction to wear glasses but the AC eye test device decided that I had 20/20 without glasses. So I wouldn't say it's more restrictive than most civil aviation medicals.
I actually asked the doc a few questions about the process, he said that 99% of people pass so that's something.
If you have no trouble renewing your Cat 1 you should have no trouble.
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#16 Post by backb0ne787 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:40 pm

Does anyone know what makes one fail an AC Pilot Medical? Besides cancer, HIV, and other life ending diseases?

For example, you can be type 2 diabetic and hold a CAT1, you could have super high cholesterol and hold a CAT1, would AC disqualify you if your sugars were higher than normal or you had high cholesterole? Where do they draw the line on the blood work?

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#17 Post by canadadry » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:29 am

Hello,

Does anyone know what is the age limit to apply to AC, if there is any or is it just based on a valid medical ?

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#18 Post by pigboat » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:21 am

There is no age limit. That would be age discrimination! The days of get hired by age 28 or never are long gone.

Be aware that on an AC medical they will be checking for illegal substances and if they find them they will inform the MOT as required by law. A word to the wise.
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Re: Air Canada Medical

#19 Post by GATRKGA » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:38 pm

I went through the AC medical recently. Here's exactly the order of things that went down.

1. Show up to medical office with aviation license. They took a photocopy of it.
2. Fill out questionnaire about medical history. A lot of questions regarding sound exposure and whether your present job has you wear protective hearing equipment. Lots of questions about cancer, hepatitis, diabetes in family.
3. Wait 10 minutes.
4. Vision test, look into a binocular type machine, and read smallest line you can with left, right, and both eyes. Color Blindness Test After That.
5. EKG, Blood work - they took 3 vials from me.
6. Urine Test
7. Height and Weight
8. Wait for Doctor.
9. Doctor comes in, goes through questionnaire with you. Asks you "How would you describe yourself?"
10. Does 3 Blood Pressure readings on same arm. Asks you to go to your happy place. Takes the Average of the 3 readings. Checks Ears, Eyes. Has you pop shirt so she can check liver, kidney, and spleen.
11. Gives you measuring tape, to measure your waist. Anything above 102cm gets one flag. If you get more than 3 flags, you get sent for additional screening. Combo of +102cm, high bp, and say sugar issue would be 3 flags and additional testing needed to give you an idea. At least that's how the doctor explained it. One or two flags? You passed.
12. I didn't get fingered. I'm 32 and a male.
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