CAA issues further extensions to medicals and ratings

The CAA has issued further extensions for the validity of medical certificates and licence ratings because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Class 1, 2 and LAPL medical certificates that expire on or after 16 March 2020, but before 31 August 2020, are extended until 22 November 2020. The validity periods of those certificates that expire on or after 1 September 2020, but before 22 November 2020, are extended for a maximum of 45 days but no later than 31 December 2020, whichever is the sooner.

The full list of extensions:

  • Extension of Validity Periods for Medical Certificates of Aircrew, Cabin Crew and Air Traffic Controllers
  • Extension of Validity and other Time Periods for Licences, Ratings, Privileges, Endorsements and Certificates of Balloon and Sailplane pilots, Instructors and Examiners
  • Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers
  • Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings, Certificates and Training and Checking of Aircrew and Crew Operating Under a UK National or Police Air Operator’s Certificate
  • Extension of Validity and other time periods for EASA Licences, Ratings, Privileges, Endorsements and Certificates of Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilots, Instructors and Examiners Conducting Flying Operations other than within an Organisation holding a National Air Operator’s Certificate, Police Air Operator’s Certificate or required to comply with Part-ORO
  • Extension of Validity Periods for Medical Certificates of Pilots Holding a United Kingdom Licence
  • Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew
  • Extension of Validity and Other Time Periods for UK National Licences, Ratings, Privileges, Endorsements and Certificates of Balloon Pilots, Instructors and Examiners

 Full details here

Comments

  1. My Class 2 medical expired on 14th August 2020. Accordingly, under the new extension conditions, I have until 22nd November to renew. When the regulation says I have to ‘self declare’, is there a form to complete and send to the CAA or is it sufficient to arrange a medical before 22nd November? I have been on a couple of CAA sites and it is not very clear. If I do need to complete a form, from which CAA site can I obtain one?
    Best regards.

  2. I dont know how many will have been able to meet the requirements to keep their ratings current, but for me the extensions the CAA offered just didn’t go far enough. As a key worker it’s been business as usual, and the local lock downs and air traffic restrictions in force at my local airport since the pandemic begun, have just made it virtually impossible to keep it going. Now I’ve got the joy of the ever increasing costs of retraining and a full skills test awaiting me if I want to keep it going. Not just that, but 1 flying school I used to regularly use has called it a day, and another has relocated to a other airfield. I think it’s time to put the flying case in the cupboard for now. Such a shame to see GA still not getting the much needed support its needed in the UK for many years now.

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