EASA PPLs Now Included on Self-Declare Pilot Medical

Pilot Medical

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.



Matt Falcus is a private pilot and aviation writer. He has been flying since 2006, taking the opportunity whenever the British weather allows to explore the local area and other airfields. He is author of a number of aviation books.

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