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CAA Pilot Medicals Consultation

CAA Pilot Medicals Consultation

CAA Consultation: UK Private Pilot Licence and National Private Pilot Licence Medical Requirements

On 29th May 2015 the UK CAA launched a consultation concerning the medical requirements for holders of the UK PPL and UK NPPL.

Microlight pilots will know that since the introduction of the NPPL in 2002 a pilot can choose to make a declaration of fitness which is countersigned by their own doctor, GP, as an alternative to having a Medical Certificate issued by a CAA Authorised Medical Examiner (AME). This has the advantage of saving cost for the pilot, but also can benefit from the GP’s background knowledge of the pilot’s medical history. The pilot still has the option of using a Medical Certificate or European Light Aircraft Pilot’s Certificate if their doctor is unable or unwilling to be associated with aviation medical requirements.

There is no evidence to suggest that allowing pilots to make a self-declaration of medical fitness has led to any more accidents due to medical causes than if they were required to undertake an examination with an AME.

For microlight pilots the crux of the consultation is a proposal to allow an additional alternative to the self-declaration, the Medical Certificate and the LAPL Certificate. The additional alternative is simply to hold a UK Ordinary Driving Licence (ODL) which has been issued partly based upon a declaration by the applicant that they meet the medical requirements of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The DVLA ODL standards are the ones which are used for the NPPL self-declaration Group 1 standard now.

The proposal contained within the consultation offers an alternative to the current system which will reduce the cost of compliance if you have a current driving licence because you won’t have to pay your GP, it will save time for both you and the GP because you won’t need an appointment, and extend the validity period of your “medical” because whilst you hold a driving licence you only have to make further health declarations after you are 70 and then only every three years.

Please take the time to read through the consultation and respond to the questions that you have an opinion on. The full document can be read at the link below.

Link to consultation document

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