Changes to medical certification
We have announced changes to medical certification. These changes are as follows:
Creation of a new category of private pilot medical certificate known as a basic Class 2. These will be available to private pilots flying piston engine powered aircraft carrying up to five non-fare paying passengers.
Operations 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 – who will use the same Austroads standards which is currently used to assess commercial drivers of heavy vehicles, public passenger carrying vehicles and vehicles carrying bulk dangerous goods.
The basic Class 2 medical will be valid for a new extended maximum of five years for pilots aged up to 40 and two years for those older than 40.
An unrestricted 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.
Pilots flying commercial operations with no passengers – such as flying training and aerial agriculture – will also be able to obtain an unrestricted Class 2 medical certificate.
The changes will be introduced throughout 2018 with details available as soon as possible.