Case study 10: New exemption improves access to medical certification
In an exciting development for general aviation, in June 2012 CASA launched an exemption from holding a class 2 medical certificate for CASA-licensed pilots flying certain light aircraft in private or recreational flight, with conditions.
Previously, holders of a student pilot licence, a private pilot licence or a flight radiotelephone operator licence required a class 2 medical certificate, issued by CASA. Under the new exemption, such pilots may hold a ‘driver licence medical certificate (aviation)’, issued by a general practitioner, instead.
The conditions of the new certificate are based on the uniform Australian private motor vehicle unconditional driving licence medical standards contained in the Austroads Inc. publication Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers, modified by additional CASA-designed medical standards.
The ‘driver’s licence’ based medical certificate provides an alternative medical pathway allowing many pilots in the general aviation sector to fly an aircraft without compromising safety standards. The result is a unique aviation-use certificate which will be more cost-effective and accessible for recreational pilots.
More information is available on the CASA website.