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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 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


Details on the UK's system can be found at the following links:

Guidance Material:
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

To apply for UK CAA 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.


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


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