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Aircrew Aviation Safety

Only certified aircrews are allowed to operate an aircraft.

Their competences are checked and monitored regularly and they undergo medical checks to ensure their fitness.

EU rules are in place to harmonise their certification and subsequent checks throughout Europe, to make sure only qualified aircrews handle passenger flights.

Aircrew or flight crew are personnel who operate an aircraft while in flight. 
This includes the air cabin crew of a commercial airline who bear responsibility for the safety and comfort of its passengers.

Aircrew and their medical fitness

EU rules for flight crew licensing cover the following:

  • pilot licencing and medical certification,
  • existing national pilots’ licences,
  • flight test qualifications,
  • existing national flight engineers’ licences,
  • conditions for the acceptance of licences from third countries,
  • credit for training 
  • credit for pilot licences obtained during military service,
  • cabin crew medical fitness

Aviation medical exams for mental and physical fitness

Commercial pilots must pass (Class I & Class II) medical fitness certifications in order to become a commercial pilot. 

Certificates are issued by approved medical examiners and prove that commercial pilots are free of:

  • any abnormality, congenital or acquired;
  • any active, latent, acute or chronic disability;
  • any wound, injury or sequelae from operation; 
  • any effect or side-effect of any prescribed or non-prescribed therapeutic, diagnostic or preventive medication taken, which would entail a degree of functional incapacity which is likely interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft or the safe performance of duties.

Cabin crew staff also undergo regular medical assessment.