Old 19th Feb 2021, 12:31
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Forfoxake
 
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Originally Posted by Fl1ingfrog View Post
It doesn't say that. Additionally the self declaration is valid for flight at night and in IMC where the rating is held. You cannot use an IR with the PMD.

THERE IS ONLY ONE SELF DECLARATION (PMD) WHATEVER WEIGHT OF AIRCRAFT YOU INTEND TO FLY. The 2000 kg or 5700 kg in the associated notes only refers to possible medical conditions. If you DO NOT SUFFER from any of the LISTED CONDITIONS then this section IS IRRELEVANT TO YOU.

The declaration form lists the range of licenses you use now or may in the foreseeable future. Tick ALL those that are now or may become relevant to you in the near future. This way, however the CAA consolidates licenses and ratings over time, post Brexit, you will hopefully not have to submit again. It is up to you.
I agree with all of this except this bit:

"The 2000 kg or 5700 kg in the associated notes only refers to possible medical conditions. If you DO NOT SUFFER from any of the LISTED CONDITIONS then this section IS IRRELEVANT TO YOU."

The associated notes (reproduced again below) mention twice having a HISTORY of the specified conditions and illnesses. So, imho, it is not a matter whether you suffer from these conditions now but whether you have EVER suffered from any of these conditions, even if it was years ago and you have completely recovered!

I doubt if you can interpret these notes as meaning that the pilot is allowed to determine whether the condition or any history of it might not 'impair the safe operation of normal flight controls or render the licence holder unfit at any time to perform any function for which the licence is granted' It is more likely that a 2000kg declaration made before the wording was changed is still valid till expiry date as long as no new or recurring relevant medical conditions occur. Any thoughts on this F1F?

In any event, Irv Lee states in his latest One Sheet Catch-up:

"NB Due to legal conflicts, the ‘limited-to-2000kg’ PMDs are current (sic) not available for FCL licences, but the PMD for the higher (<5700kg) MAUM limit is now permanently in law for UK airspace for UK (both FCL and non-FCL) licences in suitable G-reg Part 21 and non-Part 21 aircraft." and later states;

"Restoration of the lower level (up to 2000kg) PMD with its more liberal medical disqualifiers for use by UK FCL licences in Part 21 aircraft is being sought by the flying organisations from the CAA (Feb 2021)."

Presumably, they are also seeking this for non-part 21 aircraft. So it is pretty clear to me that there is a problem that needs sorted and I have written to Grant Shapps at the DfT asking him to urge the CAA to take early action.


Holders of UK national and Part-FCL Licences, to fly any aircraft less than 5700kg MTOM
Do not suffer from any physical or mental condition or illness, or any history of such a condition or illness that might impair the safe operation of normal flight controls or render the licence holder unfit at any time to perform any function for which the licence is granted. As a minimum, such conditions include:

(a) any alcohol or drug abuse, addiction or misuse;
(b) any neurological condition requiring medication;
(c) any functional disability likely to impair safe operation of normal flight controls;
(d) any recent surgery or new medical treatment;
(e) any collapse, fainting (syncope), seizure or loss of consciousness;
(f) any history of (a) to (e); or

(g) other medical conditions specified by the CAA:
i. Being prescribed medication for any psychiatric illness
ii. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic illness, or a diagnosis of personality disorder
iii. Dementia or cognitive impairment
iv. Being prescribed medication or treatment for angina or heart failure
v. Cardiac surgical procedures including coronary angioplasty or stenting and cardiac device implantation
vi. Insulin treatment for diabetes
vii. Chronic lung disease with shortness of breath on exertion

If any of the above are present the applicant must visit an AME and apply for a LAPL or Class 2 medical certificate (as appropriate to the privileges that they are seeking to exercise)
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