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Progress for pilots living with HIV – NAT welcome CAA decision

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Civil Aviation Authority have announced changes to their hitherto outdated rules on HIV. They are issuing initial Class 1 Medical certificates (with a restriction to multi-pilot operations) to applicants wishing to become commercial pilots. The CAA have also appealed to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) so that further progressive rulemaking activity can occur and a permanent change to the regulations will mean there are no barriers for those living with HIV to work as commercial pilots.

Deborah Gold, chief executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust) said: “We welcome both the temporary measures the CAA have put in place to allow pilots living with HIV to fly, and we look forward to a full update to regulations from EASA at European level, meaning no outdated and unfair barriers remain. Of course there ought to be nothing standing in the way for someone living with HIV who wants a career as a pilot. We congratulate the pilot who has brought this issue to the foreground and demanded change.”

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