Aircrew Medical Fitness

After the tragic Germanwings flight 4U9525, in March 2015, aircrew medical fitness has gained significant attention across Europe. While most in the industry consider this a very exceptional and hard-to-predict event, EU aviation stakeholders, including the pilot community, have been looking actively into how to make a ‘Germanwings scenario’ less likely in future.
Led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), several issues have been identified that need attention in any case, with a particular focus on aircrew medical fitness. A workshop by EASA, in early Dec. 2015, gathered numerous experts and stakeholders to discuss possible improvements to the system. This resulted in a number of EASA ‘Concept Papers’ that were open to stakeholder consultation in early 2016, followed by draft EASA ‘Operational Directives’ (ODs), in April, and subsequently a stakeholder consultation on draft regulatory measures, in June. These proposals were discussed at a 2nd EASA workshop, in mid-June (see agenda here), and subject to a targeted technical consultation meeting, in early Nov. 2016. The final EASA Opinion on Part-MED was published in Aug. 2016, while the Part-OPS related Opinion was published in Dec. 2016.
Here, ECA provides the relevant documents related to aircrew medical fitness and the related EASA process, as well as several documents reflecting the views & contributions of Europe’s pilot community.

EASA documents 


EASA Advisory Body & Stakeholders

Peer Support Programmes

Aircrew EASA Action plan Conference (June 2016)


Aircrew Medical Fitness Workshop (Dec. 2015)

ECA Presentations:

Other stakeholder's presentations:

Other relevant documents & links


Media & News




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