A medical examination from a Transport Canada-approved medical examiner is required before your first solo flight. There are different categories of medical checks, and you must have the appropriate one for your license
- Private Pilot License: Category 3 or 1
- Commercial Pilot License: Category 1
- Category 3 medical certificates are valid for five years for those under 40 years of age, and for two years for those over 40. If you obtain a category 1 and don't renew it, it reverts to a category 3.
- Category 1 medical certificates are valid for 1 year for those under 40 years of age or 40 -60 years old if flying two crew, and for 6 months for those over 40 single crew or over 60.