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CAA launches consultation on changes to GA PMD system

Posted 9 November 2023

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has proposed changes to improve and strengthen the Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD) system for general aviation (GA) pilots and today launched a consultation on the final proposed changes to the PMD system.

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The Pilot Medical Declaration scheme was introduced in August 2016 to offer pilots a simplified way to self-declare to the UK Civil Aviation Authority that they are medically fit to fly.  

The regulator has today launched a consultation on the final proposed changes to the Pilot Medical Declaration system.

The changes proposed include introducing renewal periods, improving guidance material for pilots and GPs and improving the application form and printable versions. Other proposals include:

  • Removing the psychiatric medication aspect for those who fly aircraft with maximum take-off weight up to 2,000kg
  • Removing the 2,000kg - 5,700kg maximum take-off weight category to simplify PMD
  • Allowing student Sailplane Licence (SPL) and Balloon Pilot Licence (BPL) pilots to utilise a PMD for their supervised solo flights
  • Allowing Part-FCL licence holders to exercise Instrument Rating Restricted (IRR) privileges under a PMD

Michael Macdonald, Co-Head of General Aviation & RPAS at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “We are committed to ensuring that the Pilot Medical Declaration scheme is effective and fit for purpose for general aviation pilots.

“The proposed changes represent some moderate measures to update the way pilots self-declare their fitness. We continue to support PMD as a useful and proportionate tool to enable pilots in their flying.”

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been reviewing the PMD scheme to improve the user experience and identify opportunities in the Flight Crew Licensing Strategic Project to simplify and rationalise the process.

The consultation will be open for eight weeks and will close on 4th January 2024.





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