Getting your pilot’s licence? You’ll need a pilot medical.

Dr David Payne is an Aviation Medical Examiner for many countries in the Pacific Region

The Civil Aviation Authority requires pilots in New Zealand to have a medical performed by a CAA designated Medical Examiner. Dr David Payne is a qualified CAA Medical Examiner and can provide examinations and issue certificates for all three pilot and air traffic control licenses.

Dr David Payne is an Aviation Medical Examiner for many countries in the Pacific Region

  • CAA New Zealand
  • CASA Australia
  • CASA Papua New Guinea
  • FAA (USA)
  • CAA UK (class 1 renewals and revalidations as well as class 2 initial issue)
  • CAA Fiji
  • Hong Kong CAD
  • Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medical Examiner

FAA (USA) must be done in Wellington or Queenstown and Hong Kong CAD and CAA UK must be done in Wellington, Christchurch or Hamilton.

If you need more information on pilot medicals and certificate applications, please visit the Civil Aviation Website.

If you have any questions regarding medicals please email or call me

How long does a pilot medical take?

Allow 30 minutes for a medical but a first issue can take a little longer. If you need any other tests then I may need some additional time, but I’ll let you know how long I need when you book.

What to bring to your examination

Please bring the following documents and information to your medical:

Locations and availability

I am based in Wellington but travel around New Zealand.
I visit Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch and Palmerston North on a monthly basis. Where the calendar is green I am available for appointments and you can easily book online.
Other trips can be arranged – please contact me on 021 246 5940 or email
For current pilots if your medical expires before I am due to visit your area please contact me regarding an extension to your current medical. This needs to be done before the expiry date on your current medical.