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July 14, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

The nation’s private pilots have won major cuts to regulatory red tape from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Private pilots now face less red tape and lower costs to obtain essential medical certificates.

Many pilots can now use their own general practitioner for aviation medical certification rather than having to visit a special aviation medical practitioner.

Pilots can then complete the process to obtain a Basic Class 2 medical certificate online in minutes.  CASA only charges $10 for the certificate – down from the current $75 processing fee.

The reforms to the medical certification system maintain appropriate safety standards.

CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said the reforms were the direct result of CASA listening to feedback from the aviation community.

“The new Basic Class 2 medical certificate is safe, simple, fair and in-expensive,” Mr Carmody said.

“The medical certificate reforms made by CASA cut through unnecessary regulatory red tape and directly benefit many people in aviation, particularly those in general aviation.

“This is tangible evidence that CASA is working successfully to reduce the regulatory burden on the aviation community while maintaining appropriate safety standards.”

The Basic Class 2 medical certificate is available to private pilots flying piston engine aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618kg.  Operations are limited to below 10,000 feet in day visual flight rules conditions, with up to five non-fare-paying passengers.

The introduction of the Basic Class 2 medical is the third successful reform made by CASA in 2018 to the medical certification system.

The first reform allowed a Class 2 medical certificate (instead of Class 1) as an option for pilots operating commercial flights that do not carry passengers.  This applies to operations with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kg.  The second reform gave all Designated Aviation Medical Examiners the ability to issue Class 2 medical certificates on the spot for non-complex medicals.

CASA has not made any changes to medical certification for commercial pilots.

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