Medical requirements for microlight pilots using a JAR licence after 30th September 2013 will change. Please read on.
Over the past few years the CAA has added microlight aircraft class ratings to both CAA issued UK PPL s and JAR PPLs, when the holder has decided to fly microlights and benefit from the Self Declaration Medical. With the change from JAR to EASA licensing all JAR licence holders are required to convert their JAR licence to an EASA licence. An unfortunate consequence of this is that from 30th September 2013 the holder of a JAR licence, even if they only fly microlights with a microlight class rating will have to have either an EASA Class 1 or 2 medical certificate or an EASA LAPL medical certificate.
Holders of the UK PPL are not affected in the same way and an exemption allowing the holder of a UK PPL (A) with a microlight class rating, or a UK PPL M, will continue to be issued to allow those individuals to continue to fly microlights using the NPPL Self Declaration Medical.
JAR licence holders have the following options:
1. Regain a Class 2 medical and use the licence as a [EASA] Part-FCL PPL(A), which will be valid for Annex II aircraft within the Class ratings held (including microlights with differences training); or
2. Obtain a LAPL medical certificate and use the licence as a [EASA] Part-FCL LAPL(A), which will be valid for Annex II aircraft within the Class ratings held (including microlights with differences training); or
3. Keep the medical declaration and convert the licence to an NPPL with the relevant ratings. The NPPL will not be valid for EASA aircraft from 8/4/15
Please make sure that if you are flying with a JAR PPL you understand how this affects you and take the appropriate steps to make sure that you have the right medical certification for the licence you hold, or the right licence for the medical certification that you hold.
Other information from the CAA web site. Look for Press Releases 17 June 2013
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