Ulster Flying Club note: This information is provided as-is upon information from the CAA and Light Aircraft Association. The Club cannot provide any legal advice as to whether the topics discussed apply to an individual’s circumstances.
Update 20:50 2020/04/07
The CAA has publicised another document detailing the exemption for other categories of licence holders. This appears to allow UK PPL(A) and PPL(H) licence holders to fly with an expired medical certificate, pursuant to conditions detailed within: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/ORS4No1370FINAL.pdf
Information from the Light Aircraft Association
Further to the information at https://www.caa.co.uk/General-Aviation/Pilot-licences/Medical-requirements/Medical-requirements-for-private-pilots/ the CAA has issued advice that the current exemption that was due to expire on Wednesday 8 April 2020, has been extended to remain in place until 8 November 2020.
To enable flying without the exemption many pilots would have needed to gain a Class 2 medical. With the COVID-19 outbreak placing a significant and enduring burden on all healthcare professionals, pilots will not have the necessary access to AMEs for a considerable time and so the CAA has worked with the Department for Transport (DfT) to put the extension in place.
However it should be noted that while the extended exemption allows those holding an exemption before 8th April to continue to operate under their existing medical self-declaration, no new or renewed medical self-declarations will be possible after that date for EASA licence holders. We strongly advise that any pilots not already self-declaring and who have a medical due between now and November, apply for a Pilot Medical Declaration TODAY!
The process is simple and is carried out online at: https://apply.caa.co.uk/CAAPortal/terms-and-conditions.htm?formCode=PMD.
If you have not made your Declaration by Wednesday 8th April, you will be grounded from the expiry of your medical until you can get it renewed.
The PMD does not impact on the validity of any current medicals you may have, nor on your ability to obtain medicals in the future. So long as you can satisfy the terms of the declaration, which is effectively a DVLA car driving licence fitness level, it will be valid in the UK for flying aircraft with a maximum of 4 seats (pilot + 3 pax) and weighing under 2,000kg. Further requirements apply for aircraft over 2,000kg.
Any pilot already holding a PMD, and UK PPL and NPPL national licence holders flying non-EASA certificated (permit) aircraft with a medical self-declaration are not affected. New PMDs are still available for these licence holders
However, due to the expiry of a further EASA exemption, it should be noted that UK PPL and NPPL holders will not be able to fly EASA-certificated aircraft, whatever their medical status after 8th April 2020.