Fit to fly… or not?
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