Aircrew Medical Fitness

After the tragic Germanwings flight 4U9525, in March 2015, aircrew medical fitness has gained a lot of attention across Europe. Even before the final accident investigation report having been published, and 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.

As a result, and 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.

In April, EASA published proposals for draft ‘Operational Directives’ (ODs) aiming at implementing certain measures ahead of the normal rule-making process having been completed and invited stakeholders to comment. This was followed-up, in early June, by a stakeholder consultation on draft regulatory measures, open until end June. These proposed regulatory measures will be presented and discussed at the 2nd EASA Aircrew workshop, on 15-16 June 2016 (see agenda here). The Agency’s aim is to complete and finalise all rule-making tasks by end 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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