Thousands of pilots could be affected when a CAA exemption which allows UK pilots to fly EASA aircraft in the UK with a self-declared Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD) expires on 8 April.
So far, the official line from the CAA is: “We are working with the government to see if there is a way forward to enable pilots to continue to fly EASA aircraft using the self-declaration process.”
As many as 8,560 pilots are believed to have made a PMD. If the CAA is unable to extend the exemption, they could all be queuing for a Class 2 medical, applying for a LAPL – or grounded.
The exemption may be complicated by the UK leaving the EU and thus no longer being represented on the EASA committee. The UK’s future position with EASA has not yet been decided though FLYER has heard that, “Between end Jan and end Dec 2020 (the transition period), the UK will continue to apply the EU aviation acquis* in the UK, ie in terms of regulations, certificates, approvals etc – nothing will change.”
If that’s the case, then the UK government may decide not to extend the exemption as it is outside the current EASA regulations. The current exemption, ORS Series 4/1283 can be found here.
*acquis: Accumulated legislation, legal acts, court decisions etc that form EU law.
Some advice for pilots who may find themselves in this position can be found here: https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=1745379#p1745379
FLYER will be following this story and will report online when and if there are further developments.