UK and USA call for common private pilot medical standards
In a joint letter to the CAA, FAA and EASA, the UK’S All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation (APPG-GA) and US Congressional General Aviation Caucus have called for a bilateral agreement to recognise and acknowledge medical standards. Currently, separate medical certificates are required for pilots to be able to fly in the UK and the USA.
They argue that new alternative medical standards recently adopted by both governments have made the process ‘unnecessarily cumbersome and costly, whilst doing little to improve safety… [while] at this time neither country accepts the other’s updated medical certification, making it difficult for pilots to fly in each other’s airspace… It is a shared belief that equal recognition of medical certificates will allow for increased general aviation activity in each country… We trust that the FAA, EASA and CAA can find common ground in establishing a reciprocal agreement for new medical standards… This is an important issue for GA pilots on both sides of the Atlantic, and we encourage the authorities to work towards an agreement as quickly as possible.’
Grant Shapps, MP, Chair of the UK APPGGA, commented: “Improving cooperation between regulatory authorities over medical standards will make it much easier and significantly cheaper for pilots from both countries to fly in foreign countries. Members of the APPG warmly welcome this letter calling for mutual recognition, as it will lead to an increase in GA in the UK and the USA.”
US Congressman Sam Graves, Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus in the House of Representatives, added: “Third class medical reform in the US was a landmark win for general aviation and we want to be sure that it is recognized when American pilots fly in the United Kingdom and Europe. We expect the FAA would grant similar recognition for UK pilots flying in the US.”