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COVID-19: Class 2 or LAPL Medical Renewals during current lockdown in England

Following contact with the CAA, in respect of their advice to AMEs not to conduct Class 2 or LAPL medical renewals during the current lockdown, we have had the following update from the CAA that has been sent to AMEs :

"We recently provided guidance that Class 2 and LAPL medical examinations should not routinely take place during the current COVID lockdown. We have had more feedback on this issue from both the AME and GA flying communities, and following discussion with the DfT, particularly in relation to how our guidance sits with both the Cabinet Office guidance on the Public Health requirement to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus, and the DfT’s guidance on which GA activities can continue.

Cabinet Office guidance is that individuals may leave home ‘for any medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.’ It is the interpretation of ‘any medical reason’ that has caused discussion regarding whether a medical examination for the purpose of a pilot’s licence for recreational flying is included in this definition.

We have therefore agreed that AMEs can advise and determine whether conducting a certification appointment is justified, weighing the risks of attending the appointment with the flight safety assurance it provides, such as to permit, inter alia, the conduct of engine health and maintenance flights or renew currency that will expire imminently, where the pilot cannot use the medical self-declaration system or does not have the benefit a CAA Exemption extending certificate validity.

We encourage AMEs to document discussions with the applicant that inform the decision to undertake the appointment, and if you need support or assistance please contact us in the usual way."

We raised the issue with the CAA in response to concerns from our members who had had appointments cancelled because of the CAA advice to AMEs and would not now be able to renew ther medicals before expiry.

If your Class 2 medical is likely to expire before you can get an appointment do check if you have a later LAPL Medical expiry date. If you do then you can excercise LAPL privileges with an EASA Part-FCL PPL  without any need to inform the CAA or change your licence.


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