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First aviation medical reform implemented
Date of publication:
28 February 2018
Key sectors of the aviation industry are set to benefit from the first stage of major reforms to the aviation medical system.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has committed to making a range of improvements in 2018 to aviation medical certification.
The first change offers benefits to sectors such as flying training and aerial application.
From 1 March 2018, a Class 2 medical certificate will be an option for pilots operating non-passenger carrying commercial flights in aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kilograms.
This includes pilots operating in aerial application, flight examiners and flight instructors. Currently these pilots must have a Class 1 medical for these operations.
CASA's CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said the reform has the potential to keep experienced pilots active for longer in some areas of commercial aviation.
"The change opens up the potential pool of pilots for a range of operations, including aerial application and flying training," Mr Carmody said.
"Giving more experienced pilots who no longer hold a Class 1 medical the opportunity to offer their services and skills to flying training is a reform that can be a plus for both current and future pilots.
"This is the first stage of a series of major reforms to aviation medicine CASA is making in response to feedback from the aviation community."
The second of the announced reforms to aviation medicine is on track to be implemented by the 3rd of April 2018.
This change will allow all designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs) to issue Class 2 medicals at the time of examination, unless the DAME elects to refer the application to CASA.
Allowing DAMEs to directly issue Class 2 medicals should simplify and speed up the medical process for hundreds of applicants each month.
The third part of the reforms – the new Basic Class 2 medical certificate is on schedule to be introduced in the middle of 2018.