The important new ruling which allows pilots in the UK to self-declare their medical fitness to fly has now been extended to include EASA PPL licences too.
Originally the new system, which permits pilots to fill out a form once (below the age of 70) to state their fitness to fly without involving a doctor or aviation medical examiner, was to be restricted to pilots with UK PPL or NPPL licences.
However, now pilots with EASA licences will also be able to self-declare their fitness. The only restriction will be that pilots will not be permitted to fly outside the UK.
Pilots who do intend to fly internationally should still undertake a medical examination with an approved medical examiner to receive a Class 1 or Class 2 medical as before.
This is great news and a logical step to reduce one of the awkward restrictions on pilots and may see a greater uptake in new pilots undertaking training.
You can download a form produced by the Light Aircraft Association which explains the new system here: http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/2016/News/medical.pdf
Keep an eye on the CAA Medical Centre website for the launch of the new online filing system.