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Where is it Possible to Fly Commercially?

At this time pilots with insulin treated diabetes in Canada, UK, Ireland and Austria can fly multi-crew operations. Kuwait also allows commercial flying - specific details are currently being sought.

Canada's system was introduced in 2002 and the UK's system was introduced in August 2012 followed by Ireland in 2015.

In all countries it is possible to return to commercial flying if diagnosis occurs while employed in commercial operations (or a commercial licence and Class 1 Medical has been held before) once stabilized diabetes control can be demonstrated.

At this time a person wishing to enter commercial flying using the UK and Ireland systems with no previous Class 1 Medical or Commercial Licence, it is not possible to gain a Class 1 Medical. It is hoped that this restrictive policy can be changed.

Where is it Possible to Fly in the Military?

It is understood that it is possible to fly in Canada’s military on a similar basis to commercial flying i.e. after diagnosis for existing military pilots it may be possible to return to multi-crew flying duties exists after stabilization and minimum blood sugar control criteria are met. It is also understood that it is possible to fly in the Israeli military, for both multi-crew and single-crew combat duties (to be confirmed).




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