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Pilots With Diabetes

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

"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 eight countries worldwide allow private flying with ITDM (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Austria, Israel and the Philippines) and, five countries allow multi-crew commercial flying; Canada since 2002 and the UK since 2012, Ireland since 2014, Austria since 2017 and Kuwait (specific details being sought).

We are hopeful that the UK, Ireland and Austria 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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