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New pilots' medical system

New pilots' medical system

This is important information for all microlight pilots. Please read very carefully.

From the 25th August 2016 the self-declaration medical system used by NPPL holders and holders of a UK PPL with a microlight class rating is changing. Please read the following information carefully.

From the 25th August 2016 a pilot, or student pilot, wishing to obtain a self-declaration of fitness can only do so by using the CAA on-line system. We understand that the pilot will be able to print off a certificate/declaration and this will be used to prove fitness prior to solo and on licence application.

The form will be published on the CAA web site.

The existing self-declaration form that is countersigned by the holder’s GP will be withdrawn after the 24th August 2016. Any old forms signed after the 24th August 2016 will not be valid.

Pilots and student pilots who currently have a self-declaration medical issued under the current system may continue to use that document until it next naturally expires, following which it will have to be replaced using the on-line system that will then be in place. Holders choosing to continue to use an existing declaration are still subject to any Group 1 or other restrictions that they might have and the validity period of an existing declaration does not change.

The new declaration system does not have a Group 1 and 2. There is a single medical standard applied to all holders.

The new declaration system does not restrict the holder by any limitations on passenger carrying. Current holders limited to Group 1 privileges may wish to see if they can obtain the new declaration to remove the restrictions imposed by the current Group 1 status.

If a person cannot meet the medical requirements for the new declarative system they have the alternative options of applying for an EASA LAPL, Class 1 or Class 2 Medical Certificate.

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