GPs will be able to issue medical certificates for LAPLs
PUBLISHED: 15:42 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:20 10 October 2012
People in the UK who apply for the new pan-European Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence (LAPL) will be able to get their fitness assessed by a GP.
People in the UK who apply for the new pan-European Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) will be able to get their fitness assessed by a GP.
The licence – which is due to come into effect on 17 September – will only be valid if the applicant holds a valid medical certificate.
However medical certificates for other types of licences – including the Private Pilot’s Licence – will only be issued by GPs trained in aviation medicine, who have been approved by the CAA as Aeromedical Examiners (AMEs).
The CAA has published guidance for GPs on the LAPL assessment on its website, which can be read here. Pilots can also download this information to give to their GP on the day of their assessment. Assessment forms will be sent to the CAA electronically.
If the applicant has a significant medical history or condition that has not been reviewed previously then the GP can refer their application to an AME. A referral form will be included in the web-based application process.
For more information on the LAPL, click here.