I am curious to know what are the medical standards adopted for FTEs the world over, specially for those FTEs who have retired from Armed forces and are now employed in the industry?
Are the standards same or similar to that of the Test Pilots? To me it appears that it cannot or should not be the same as most of the FTE role accomplishment happens on ground. In fact, many FTEs do not fly on aircraft / helicopters that often.
Would be thankful for any and every input on this issue.
I've never seen any minimum medical standards being applied to purely ground based FTEs, only to airborne FTOs.
When I worked for Britten-Norman it was a JAA (now EASA) class 2 medical - same as a PPL.
When I was a civilian FTE flying military aircraft it was basically the same as the RAF Navigator's medical standard, whatever that was.
Working as I do with a research aircraft, the employers vary. Most don't care, some require something equivalent to a PPL medical.
So, basically, if somebody can pass the local standard to fly a light aircraft as PIC with passengers, that's probably as high a standard as is likely to be applied anywhere except military flight test.
In my experience a Class 2 medical is the minimum (i.e that required to hold a PPL), but some organisations differ in the requirements.
If you are flying in military aircraft (fixed or rotary) then you may need a class 1 medical or equivalent (i.e. that required to hold a CPL).
Even though I have a commercial medical Class1 due to military programs as well. I have the additional requirement of 1 yr physiological training. Though one may pass a ground level physical to get a class1 but going to the altitude chamber ride may disqualify you. Understandable for military however if your just into commercial or corporate level I would believe a class2 minimum would be the max level needed. Again that is my opinion but FAA flight surgeon makes the final call for commercial companies based on there test certification spectrum as I was told some years back.