It appears that if you are HIV positive you are not allowed to obtain a certificate that is required to obtain a commercial airline pilots licence. A man from Glasgow was originally accepted into EasyJets training program, however wasn't granted a certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and all because of European regulations. The EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency has a long and outdated regulations with prohibits persons with HIV from obtaining the certificate required to pilot commercial planes.
The anonymous pilot stated "I find this utterly devastating and called the policy "outdated" and "inherently discriminatory." As of now anyone that is currently training and are HIV cannot get a full license, but are allowed to co-pilot.
A CAA spokesperson stated "where it is safe to do so, and will continue to work with EASA and HIV experts to reassess this regulation, with a view to enabling applicants to obtain an initial Class 1 medical certificate.” but also stated "We support a rule change in this area." The EASA went on to state “A rule change takes time, and It needs to be considered by experts, and we need to plan it and prioritized by performing impact assessment."
“However, EASA and the NAA (National Aviation Authority) medical experts agreed that a rule change should be considered due to the availability of new HIV medications.
These medications could provide for a more flexible regulatory approach and allow the need for an OML restriction to be determined on a case-by-case basis, largely dependent on the stage of the HIV.
In future, this would allow some prospective pilots having HIV to obtain a license without an OML restriction.”
EasyJet only support changes when "When it's safe to do so."
It is astounding that people living with HIV are still discriminated against. Shows society that even today it can happen.
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