Reporting to CASA
If your medical condition undergoes significant changes at any time, under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 67, pilots and air traffic controllers have an obligation to report details to CASA.
Conditions that you are not required to report are more common, everyday medical ailments including:
- Influenza, coryza (irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose) or other upper respiratory tract infection
- Cough in the absence of wheezing
- Occasional, mild headaches
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infection
- Uncomplicated haemorrhoid(s) if not bleeding and requiring only symptomatic treatment
- Mild allergic rhinitis, if no nasal blockage present and no antihistamine treatment required
- Minor soft tissue injuries without residual pain
- Muscular pain of short duration not requiring long-term medication and not related to any significant underlying chronic illness
If you are in doubt about whether your condition should be reported to CASA, please check with your DAME. You are also required to inform CASA if you have a change in your medical condition and are unable to exercise the privileges of your licence for 7 days (class 1) or 30 days (class 2 or 3).
Under CASR Part 67, the reference to licence applies to a flight crew licence; a special pilot licence; a flight radiotelephone licence and an air traffic controller licence.
All references to a DAME include a DAO, if it is relation to a medically significant condition that affects a person’s vision.
CASR Part 67 states you may be penalised if you are the holder of a class 1 medical certificate and a licence and you do not inform CASA when:
- you know that you have a medically significant condition
- you are reckless as to whether the condition has been disclosed to CASA; and
- the condition continues for longer than 7 days; and
- the condition has the result that your ability to do an act authorised by the licence is impaired;
These conditions apply if you have a class 2 or 3 medical certificate, except that you must notify CASA if the condition continues for 30 days.