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The primary aim of this website is to help enable people with insulin-treated diabetes to fly privately and professionally worldwide.

Pilots With Diabetes Fly-In/Gathering – 22 August 2015 at 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at White Waltham Airfield

We are holding an inaugural annual Pilots With Diabetes Fly-In/Gathering at White Waltham Airfield (www.wlac.co.uk) at 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 22 August 2015.

The aim is for a sociable meeting for pilots with diabetes with updates and discussions on the latest regulatory environment over lunch, plus formation flights by those with existing experience, with passenger seat availability, plus aerobatic flights for those able to, also with passenger seat availability.

We will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the room adjacent to the West London Aero Club restaurant and bar; formation flight at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., and further formation/aerobatic flights between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

If the weather is not good enough to fly-in, we will still hold a meeting/gathering over lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch/refreshments can be ordered at the bar - if you can make it, we very much look forward to seeing you there; if coming from Europe, White Waltham is c. 25 minutes by taxi from Heathrow (Taxi +44 (0)1895 247247).

If you haven’t indicated intentions to join us, please contact douglas.cairns@yahoo.co.uk – thanks!

"Pilots With Diabetes" (PWD) was formed by a group of former commercial and military pilots, aspiring commercial pilots and private pilots based in the United Kingdom, all of whom have insulin-treated diabetes (ITDM).

In 2012, a major breakthrough was achieved in the UK when the CAA introduced commercial and unrestricted private flying for pilots with ITDM – after five years of dialogue between PWD and the CAA. (Details of the systems can be found on the links below.)

Currently only six countries worldwide allow private flying with ITDM (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel and the Philippines) and, two countries allow multi-crew commercial flying; Canada since 2002 and the UK in 2012.

We are hopeful that the UK CAA commercial and private flying policy can be adopted across the rest of Europe and similar commercial policy can be adopted by the USA FAA, and elsewhere around the globe.

A huge thank you goes to AOPA UK, AOPA USA and IAOPA Europe plus the International Diabetes Federation plus diabetes associations, including the American Diabetes Association, for on-going support for PWD.

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
Europe (Germany) - contact link
USA - contact link
Australia - contact link
Canada - contact link
South Africa - contact link
Philippines - contact link


February 2015: The UK CAA has published an updated policy for pilots with diabetes (PDF)

March 2015: In the USA an "Expert Panel Recommendations for Pilots with Insulin-treated Diabetes" paper was released in March 2015

Meantime there are specific efforts under way in the UK, USA and across Europe to help enable piloting with ITDM.

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only; no responsibility for details posted is held; independent verification is required.


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