Pilots With Diabetes
The primary aim of this website is to help enable people with insulin-treated diabetes to fly privately and professionally in the UK and elsewhere around the world.
"Pilots With Diabetes" (PWD) is a group of former commercial and military pilots, aspiring commercial pilots and current private pilots, all of whom have insulin-treated diabetes (ITDM).
Currently only six countries worldwide allow private flying with ITDM (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel and Philippines) and, as of 13 August 2012, two countries allow multi-crew commercial flying, Canada since 2002, and the UK also as of 2012.
LATEST NEWS (March 2013)
It is understood that a resolution has been achieved between the UK CAA and EASA, and that Class 1 (commercial) medicals are being issued again by the CAA.
Details on how to apply can be found at the following links:
Guidance for Medical Certification of aircrew
Metabolic & Endocrinology
Documents for Download:
List of available pdf's for download.
Diabetes Certification Guidance
Diabetes Briefing Sheet
Medical Flight Test (MFT) - Diabetes
Medical Reports – Diabetes
LATEST NEWS (February 2013)
After the CAA resumed issuing Medicals for commercial flying in January, we understand that further issuance has been suspended – we await clarification on the situation later this month.
LATEST NEWS (29 October)
- EASA has requested that the UK CAA halt further issuance of commercial and private pilot medicals and we await clarification of the situation towards the end of November. As a result of this, Pilots With Diabetes is meeting in London on 22 November.
LATEST NEWS (13 August 2012) – COMMERCIAL & PRIVATE FLYING IN THE UK!
On 13 August 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority announced the introduction of flying with insulin treated diabetes for commercial flying and also private flying. (The link is included below.) This is terrific news!!! Our Pilots With Diabetes group has been communicating for almost five years with the UK CAA and we are very, very appreciative of the changes that have been made. A few finer details around the announcement still need to be clarified - hopefully this development can help efforts elsewhere including the USA and Australia!
Please see the announcement below.
CAA to issue medical certificates to pilots and air traffic controllers with insulin-treated diabetes.
Applying for Class 1, Class 2 & LAPL licences please see the following details
1. For Class 1 Medical (commercial flying) please find information on the following link and in the PDF files under the UK on this website.
Applicants will need to visit an endocrinologist consultant adviser at CAA Aeromedical Centre, Gatwick, as part of the application process.
You can contact the CAA on 01293 573700; on listening to instructions, press "1" and then press "4".
2. For Class 2 and LAPL, please find information on the following link, and after September 17th 2012, please contact your AME (Aviation Medical Examiner) to process application.
Please note that it is possible for non-British nationals to apply for a Class 1, Class 2 or LAPL. Standard diabetes-related medical report requirements (in English) need to be met.
N.B. The above details are posted on 5 September 2012; details may change thereafter; please verify details on CAA website www.caa.co.uk
Meantime there are specific efforts under way in the UK, USA and across Europe to help enable piloting with ITDM.
To find out more information, or if you have new information for any country, please contact the following:
UK - (co-ordinating) contact link
Europe - contact link
USA - contact link
Australia - contact link
Canada - contact link
South Africa - contact link
Philippines - contact link
Disclaimer: This website is for informational
purposes only; no responsibility for details posted is held; independent
verification is required.