CASA Exemption 68/of
Driving licence type medical certificate for private
- CASA is now permitting a VH pilot to fly with a driver’s licence medical. However, there are
some catches. The fact that you can drive does not necessarily mean you are good to fly under this new
scheme. The scheme operates as
an exemption to the normal medical requirements for a person holding an ATPL, Commercial or Private pilot’s
licence. The medical is called a DL medical certificate (aviation) and
only permits private operations even if you use your existing commercial or ATPL pilot’s licence to fly. The
exemption is dated 29 June 2012 and was registered 3 July
2012. The exemption is a Legislative Instrument under the
Legislative Instruments Act 2003. It remains in force until the end of 31 May
- If you don’t have the need to see
a specialist for an existing condition, your GP can complete the necessary paper work for you and you then file
it with CASA. One should take the
necessary 3 forms with you when you see your GP. (Forms 116A, B and C).
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- If you are under 65 the medical is
good for 2 years, above 65 is limited to one year. It is for private day time VFR flights only in a single
piston engine aircraft which has a maximum take off weight (MTOW) of 1500 kg or less. MTOW is defined in the
1988 Regs as “…the weight set out in the certificate of airworthiness of,
or the flight manual for, the aircraft as the maximum take-off weight.”The
exemption has no definition of MTOW to change the existing definition. Thus one is restricted to the aircraft’s
certified MTOW and even when the plane is being flown with a qualified co-pilot. In my opinion this is unsatisfactory. If you have
a qualified co-pilot in a control seat, why should you be restricted to 1500 kg?
- For a person to be a passenger
being flown by a DL medical pilot they have to be a ‘qualified passenger.’ This means they have to be told they
are being flown by a DL medical pilot and told it is a lower standard than the usual Class 1 or 2 and also told
that the flight is one under a CASA exemption from the usual requirement to hold a medical and that this exemption imposes
conditions to the flight. A pilot under this scheme is restricted to one passenger unless the co-pilot holds a
Class 1 or 2 medical. If you have the qualified co-pilot you can carry a normal load of passengers and do not
need to explain that you are flying under a DL Medical. The 1500 kg limit still
- Before you can fly you must email
the three mentioned forms to email@example.com and then wait for an acknowledgment from CASA. Sending these forms as separate attachments
seems to assist. At the time of writing this article, the acknowledgment is -
Thank you for registering your
driver’s licence medical (aviation) with CASA. The registration process is now complete. From the time of receipt of this email
you can fly under the conditions of CASA Instrument EX68/12.
When exercising the privilege
of your flight crew licence you must carry your signed driver’s licence medical (aviation) certificate and this
acknowledgement email as proof of registration.
- CFIs and ATOs are permitted to
test pilots holding this DL Medical but must see the DL medical certificate, the CASA acknowledgment of registration and must ensure
the test is restricted to the permitted operations of the DL Medical.
- A pilot under this scheme is
restricted to 10,000 feet unless flying with the qualified co-pilot. There is also no aerobatic (the instrument
uses the word acrobatic) flying unless you have the qualified co-pilot and qualified to do this
- The exemption also makes demands
for extra requirements to the road medical standard. They are defined as ‘additional fitness standards’ and are
set out in Schedule 2 of the legislative instrument. This Schedule details in clause 2 the medical conditions
which will exclude you. Corrected vision is acceptable. The CASA website shows an expanded list of exclusions
which are, in my opinion, beyond the clear wording of clause 2 in Schedule 2 of the instrument.
In a very shortened nutshell, you do not fall within the exemption if any of
- Any cancer except a basal
cell skin cancer treated by excision with no metastasized sequelae, within 5 years of the DL medical
assessment. Brain cancer will be an exclusion from this scheme regardless of timing.
- ECG changes.
- A history of heart failure
except if no history within 3 three years and since the last episode there has been continuous case
management and the DL medical assessment is carried out by the treating specialist.
- An inability to hear a
conversation at 2 metres even with a hearing aid.
- A muscle or skeleton
disability, disorder or disease which restricts the normal manipulation of the aircraft controls
without modification to the aircraft.
- A history pf transient
ischaemic attack – I have taken this to be a “transient episode of
neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow) – either focal brain, spinal cord or
retinal – without acute infarction (tissue death)” as described by Wikipedia.
- MS, cerebral palsy or
- Non trivial head injury.
That is, not suffered a loss of consciousness, amnesia after a knock or abnormal findings in a CT
or MRI of the
- A history of kidney stones
or renal pain.
- A balance disorder or
- The Form 166A should be completed
but not signed and taken to the doctor where you will sign the form in front of the practitioner. This form
asks you an amazing number of questions including “How often during the last year have you needed a first drink
in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?” One of the permitted multi choice answers is
‘daily or almost daily.’ One
has to assume the author of these questions trusts the applicant to answer truthfully. The Form 116B is a
questionnaire for the doctor to complete. The Form 116C is the actual medical certificate to be completed by
the doctor. Take all three forms with you when you leave the GP. Scan and email them to the above email address
Conclusion: This is a first step by
CASA for a private pilot who wishes
to fly their smaller VH aircraft without the stricter Class 2 medical requirements. It will be noted that
diabetics are not at first blush excluded under the Legislative Instrument. Hopefully the exemption will be
extended to permit at least three passengers.