|Primary Legislation:||Civil Aviation Act s27E|
|Secondary Legislation:||CAR Part 67.61(d)(2)|
|Conducted by:||Medical Examiner conducting the assessment|
Section 27E of the Act states, 'The Director may, on receiving an application for a medical certificate from a licence holder before the expiry of his or her existing medical certificate, grant an extension of no more than 60 days from the expiry date of the licence holder’s existing medical certificate with any additional conditions, restrictions, or endorsements as the Director considers necessary.'
This is a useful option for a Medical Examiner (ME) who is not yet able to issue a medical certificate for some valid reason. To legitimately exercise the extension provision an ME must consider the potential for abuse and must be satisfied that there is no risk to flight safety in exercising this option.
To consider an extension the following conditions will need to be met:
Any extension issued is to be in one of the formats shown in the following examples. A suitable electronic certificate template can also be obtained from the CAA Aviation Medicine Team.
The important point is that the medical certificate must clearly indicate which certificate class was extended, until when, by whom and the date when extended.
A copy of the certificate extension must be sent to the CAA Aviation Medicine Team office within 5 working days for data entry into the CAA register.
Note: Care must be taken to only extend the non-expired dates on the certificate.
An extended certificate cannot be further extended.
Example: Reprint the existing medical certificate and endorse as below in red.
Alternatively, the medical certificate can be modified to show on the front the extended expiry date, the date signed, and the usual stamp and signature, with the back endorsed: