In May of 2016 the UK CAA announced changes in the medical requirements for some pilots. Some interesting changes for private pilots where anticipated but what has become of them? What do the changes mean for us?
Many anticipated that all private pilots could self declare their medical fitness to the CAA and continue to fly on their license. Changes for medical requirements came into effect at the same time the new Air Navigation Order was published on the 25th of August 2016. This was to make sure any changes would be the same for all.
These changes are implemented by the CAA, meaning that they are valid within the United Kingdom but not if you fly outside it's jurisdiction. Any self declaration or declaration counter-signed by your GP was only valid for UK licenses, but not for EASA licenses until the 25th of August.
An EASA license requires a Class 1, 2 or LAPL medical. This has changed if you fly non-EASA aircraft on an EASA license. There are NO changes if you fly an EASA aircraft.
The changes allow you to fly a non-EASA aircraft on an EASA license and bring those requirements inline with UK national requirements. So let's list what you need!
- If you hold a UK NPPL you can fly with a pilot medical declaration until the 8th of April 2018, at which point your license should have been converted to an EASA LAPL.
- If you hold an EASA LAPL you require an LAPL medical if you fly EASA aircraft. If you fly non-EASA aircraft, so called ANNEX II aircraft, you can do with a pilot medical declaration as long as you fly within the UK.
- If you hold an EASA PPL you require an EASA Class 2 medical to fly EASA aircraft. But if you only fly non-EASA aircraft within the UK, then a self declaration will suffice.
How do you self declare? By filling in form Form SRG 1210
Check the CAA Document: Which type of Medical Certificate or Declaration can I use for my licence?