The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associaton of Australia (AOPA) has written to CASA thanking them for providing quick turn-around times for Class 2 medicals where no conditions were found.

In a letter dated last Friday, AOPA CEO Ben Morgan wrote to CASA Acting Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody, saying that members had provided anecdotal evidence that CASA's performance had improved significantly.

"Our association, over the past six months, has received positive feedback from our membership who acknowledge a vast improvement in the approval times," Morgan says in the letter.

"It has been reported that pilots are receiving their medicals as fast as 24-48 hours, a large improvement on the historical 3-6 month waiting times.

"On behalf of our entire membership, I would like to thank CASA and the AVMED team for this improvement, which ultimately helps get more pilots flying, something our general aviation industry needs most."

However, Morgan warned CASA against sitting on its laurels.

" ... there are still too many pilots awaiting their medicals, and we encourage CASA to do all in its power to return these pilots to flying status and for them to be treated promptly and fairly."

All pilot medical requirements are currently under review, after submissions to CASA's Medical Certification Discussion Paper closed on 30 March 2017.

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