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#casa Begs Forgiveness on Medicals

#casa begs forgiveness on not getting medicals right.

About time #casa thought about the introduction of new procedures and rather than an across the board introduction, where if something goes wrong it affects every one, why not a partial introduction.

Maybe that is just too logical for this poor regulator and too difficult to comprehend.



CASA apologises for medical certificate delays

CASA has apologised to pilots and air traffic controllers who may be experiencing delays in obtaining an aviation medical certificate.

The majority of aviation medical certificate applications are still being processed within the 28 day service delivery target set by CASA.

However, there are a number of applications taking longer.

CASA sincerely apologises to pilots who have been waiting longer than normal for their medical to be finalised and thanks everyone for their patience.

Anyone who considers they are facing hardship due to a delay in medical processing should contact CASA as soon as possible.

CASA is working hard to address the delays as quickly as possible and has allocated more staff to medical certificate processing.  Changes are also being made to workflow practices to improve the processing times.

CASA prioritises medical certificate applications where the current certificate is due to expire within 14 days.

Since the start of the updated online aviation medical system on 21 March 2016 CASA has issued more than 5000 medical certificates to pilots and air traffic controllers.

A class 1 medical certificate is currently being processed by CASA within an average of 19.9 days.

Pilots have the option of seeking a revalidation of their current medical certificate from their DAME for up to two months.  DAMEs can do this if the pilot appears to meet the required medical standard and provided the medical certificate has not been endorsed ‘renew by CASA only’.

This arrangement provides an additional 40 working days for assessment and provision of further information when required.  Pilots are encouraged to ask their DAME at the time of their examination if they qualify for a revalidation.

CASA’s 28 day service delivery timeframe for aviation medicals begins from the time all documentation required for the assessment of a medical application is received by CASA, including the payment of all fees.

CASA may require addition documentation to assist in the assessment of an application.  These may include additional test results, medical specialist reports or extra information from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner.  The 28 business day service delivery timeframe for processing an application begins from the receipt of the last required piece of documentation that will enable a complete assessment of the medical certificate application.

Media contact:  Peter Gibson   0419 296 446

24 June 2016

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