Changes to medical certification
A range of improvements to the aviation medical certification system are being introduced in 2018.
- From 1 March 2018: A Class 2 medical certificate will be an option for pilots operating commercial flights that do not carry passengers. This applies to operations with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kilograms and is likely to be of specific benefit for aerial agriculture flights, flight instruction or flight examination. Currently pilots must have a Class 1 medical for these operations.
- From early April 2018: DAMEs will have the option to issue Class 2 medical certificates on the spot.
- From mid-2018: a new category of private pilot medical certificate (Basic Class 2) will be available. In the meantime, the current Class 2 certificates remain unchanged.
Class 2 medicals for non-passenger commercial operations (from 1 March 2018)
A Class 2 medical certificate will be an option for pilots operating commercial flights that do not carry passengers from 1 March 2018. This applies to operations with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kilograms and is likely to be of specific benefit for aerial agriculture flights, flight instruction or flight examination. Currently pilots must have a Class 1 medical for these operations. Read the legislative instrument (CASA EX25/18) that applies to these changes.
The reform has the potential to keep experienced pilots active for longer in commercial aviation.
This is the first of the changes to improve the aviation medical system announced late last year.
On the spot Class 2 aviation medical certification (from 4 April 2018)
All designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs) will have the ability to assess and issue a medical certificate on the spot from 4 April 2018 – greatly streamlining the process for both doctor and applicant. Read the Issue of Class 2 Medical Certificates (Designated Aviation Medical Examiners) Delegation 2018.
The fee for Class 2 medical certificates will also be reduced to $65 from 4 April.
The changes being introduced include optimisation of the CASA medical records system (MRS) to instantly process certificates that meet the required medical standard.
If MRS flags a review is needed, every DAME now has the option to either conduct that review themselves and assess whether a certificate can be issued – or refer the assessment to CASA. The exceptions will be for conditions of psychosis, irreversible dementia or epilepsy – or if an applicant has previously had a Class 2 application declined.
CASAs’ medical team will be involved in Class 2 assessments only where a DAME chooses. If your cases is complex, your DAME may elect to refer it to CASA.
Where a DAME has assessed you as fit to fly, you should receive your Class 2 certificate by email before you leave the surgery.
DAMEs need to have completed a short online eLearning module to use the new system features. When you make your next appointment, ask your DAME “Are you set-up to offer on-the-spot Class 2 medicals?”
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New category of private pilot medical certificate (basic Class 2) in mid-2018
The new basic Class 2 medical certificate is on schedule to be introduced in the middle of 2018.
The basic Class 2 will be available to private pilots flying piston engine powered aircraft carrying up to five non-fare-paying passengers.
Operations in this new category will be limited to the visual flight rules and will be permitted in all classes of airspace.
Assessment for the new category will be delegated to medical professionals – including general practitioners. They will use the same Austroads standards that are currently used to assess commercial vehicle drivers of heavy vehicles, public passenger carrying vehicles and vehicles carrying bulk dangerous goods.
A Class 2 medical certificate will remain available for private pilots operating aircraft up to 8618 kilograms with a maximum of nine non-fare-paying passengers. It will apply to pilots flying under instrument flight rules, night visual flight rules and visual flight rules operating in all classes of airspace.