Fit to fly… or not?

Pilot - - TECH LOG -

A cau­tion­ary tale re­gard­ing self-dec­la­ra­tion… take the ex­am­ple of two pi­lots who suf­fered iden­ti­cal in­juries, one be­ing a pro­fes­sional pilot, the other a UK PPL holder. Af­ter a pe­riod of re­cov­ery, both com­plete the med­i­cal self­dec­la­ra­tion and both have un­re­stricted driv­ing li­cences.

The only re­ply to the pro­fes­sional pilot from the CAA is that he should have ticked the bal­loon box and there­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion is in­valid. On fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion the pro­fes­sional pilot dis­cov­ers that, be­cause he has a valid Class I & II med­i­cal but is tem­porar­ily un­fit, the self­dec­la­ra­tion is not ap­pli­ca­ble. He can find no ref­er­ence to this in the notes. Even if he re­gains his class I & II he will al­most cer­tainly have an OML/OSL re­stric­tion and could only fly with some­one rated on the air­craft in ques­tion.

The PPL holder’s po­si­tion is dif­fer­ent. No re­ply/cer­tifi­cate will be re­turned from the CAA so they will never know if it was re­ceived/ not ap­proved/lost when some­one cut the com­puter ca­bles with a dig­ger etc and thus could be fly­ing il­le­gally with no in­sur­ance. As­sum­ing that it was re­ceived, our PPL holder can now fly with pas­sen­gers and even take their ATPL friend fly­ing as a re­minder of how much fun GA is.

This is a ridicu­lous sit­u­a­tion: you are sim­ply med­i­cally safe to fly or not. Doug Clarke, Arun­del

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