UK and USA call for com­mon pri­vate pi­lot med­i­cal stan­dards

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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.”

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