DAME newsletter - March 2020

From Simon May, Principal Medical Officer


Over the past few weeks, we’ve announced a range of exemptions to help the Australian aviation industry during the changing and unprecedented environment that has resulted from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

One of these exemptions concerns aviation medicals. The exemption means that all Class 1, 2, and 3 medical certificate holders whose current certificate expires either on or after 1 March 2020 can continue to fly for six months beyond the certificates’ current expiry date.

A number of other countries have put in place similar measures.

For those who might need to operate internationally over this period, we will provide an extension to a medical certificate in line with the exemption (as a physical medical certificate may be required for international operations).

Information about all of the exemptions and relief measures we’re putting in place to support industry are available on our COVID-19 advice for industry page LINK.

These measures are just one way we are supporting the aviation industry through this challenging period.

We’re also taking this opportunity to develop new guidance material and improvements to regulations to make them simpler and easier to understand. This will put us in a good position to be able to respond quickly when industry can commence flying again.

Statistics for March 2020

2,346 medical certificates were issued:

  • DAME issued certificates: 115
  • CASA auto issued certificates: 782
  • CASA assessor issued certificates: 1,368
  • basic class 2 issued certificates: 81.

2,080 applications were received:

  • Class 1: 1,635
  • Class 2: 381
  • Class 3: 64.

Processing times for March

Ninety-one per cent of all applications were completed within 20 business days, with an average processing time of 8.0 days for all classes.

Inbound communication for March

AvMed received 2,031 inbound calls for assistance and 1,829 emails requiring action.

Send us your feedback

If you have any questions or ideas for topics you would like to see covered in future DAME newsletters, please email us at pmo@casa.gov.au or dame.liaison@casa.gov.au.

Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//dame-newsletter-march-2020
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