How long does it take to get cat 1 medical?

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How long does it take to get cat 1 medical?

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Hello.

I heard that it can take about 3 months to get Canada category 1 medical these day.
I want to know if this is true.

Also, my flight school requires me to complete my medical in order to start my training.
If it takes about 3 months to get medical, then is there any temporary medical that I can get in Canada?
Or is there any form of verification which can approve that I pass the medical before I receive result from Transport Canada?(I even didn’t take medical check yet.)
I don’t want to delay my training any more.

Are there some methods other than just waiting for medical?
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Definitely doesn't take three months. Mine was less than a month.
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Depends on region and workload at the time.
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I’ve held a cat1 for about 25 years,renewed without issues end of June & heard nothing until I sent them an email in December; got an email back next day saying it was just processed & here’s the bill. Pacific Region.

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Was told 90 days was typical (assuming no follow-ups) for the Ontario region when I got mine last year.
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It is an excellent question. They are not in a hurry. And if you stopped flying for many many reasons, and want to go back, which they are immediately suspicious of: 7 months and counting. They are hoping I just give up, but I am not giving up, and you shouldn't either. Try to be patient, we will all get there.
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I had my Cat I done on January 15th. I was at the North York TC office on the 20th of February, and they told me there that they were still processing medicals from November then. So, yeah, a 3 or 4 month wait.

My instructor has recommended I get a Cat IV medical in the meantime, which is just a form countersigned by your doctor affirming that you have no medical conditions that may incapacitate you while in command of an aircraft. A student pilot permit can be issued with a Cat IV medical which would allow you to solo. You would, however, still need the Cat I for your CPL/PPL (assuming you're not also waiting on a Cat III). Might be worth looking into.
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You don't need a cat 1 to start training, you need it in hand to do the flight test. Correct me if I'm wrong...A Cat 3 should do, but obviously you want to know you can get the cat 1 before you spend too much money.
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Why would you bother with a category 3 medical, then spend another hour with the doctor and another $200 to get a category 1?
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Took me 7 weeks from the exam till it was issued and then placed in the mail through the Ontario region and that was with weekly phone calls for updates.
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Thank you guys. Helped a lot!!
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Does anyone have recent experience (RE: Processing time) applying for a CAT 1 medical in the Prairie Region? As well, does anyone know if having held a previous CAT 1 (20 years ago) and still have the LVC with the blank for the temporary Physician Signature... does this reduce turn around time for a CAT1 vs starting from scratch as an initial CAT 1 applicant?
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IT probably increases the turnaround time, as your previous medical records will have to be retrieved from the archive, which was outsourced to Malaysia in 2006.
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yjh02061 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:58 pm
Thank you guys. Helped a lot!!
Did you get it yet?

How long did it take? And which region are you in?

Thanks
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