HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 cc414-5
59. Mr. Perkins

asked the Secretary of State for Air what medical examination is required by an A-licence pilot before he is allowed to instruct for the Civil Air Guard?

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Captain Harold Balfour)

The standard of medical fitness required for a Class A licence is that prescribed by the International Commission for Aerial Navigation, details of which are contained in Air Navigation Directions, 1936 (A.N.D. 13), paragraphs 88–93 inclusive. No further medical examination is required when an A-licence pilot qualifies as a flying club or Civil Air Guard instructor.

Mr. Perkins

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this A-licence medical examination is notoriously lax and that it is almost impossible to fail in it; is he further aware that certain A-licence pilots suffer from the loss of a limb such as a leg, and does he not think it desirable, in the circumstances, that there should be an extra medical examination?

Captain Balfour

Although the medical examination for a Civil Air Guard instructor is the A-licence examination, before the A-licence holder can undertake that instruction he has to fulfil certain other requirements, such as 250 hours flying, undergoing an instructor's course, including blind flying, at an approved school, and passing certain special tests. Any A-licence pilot who may pass his medical test has to pass these additional tests before he can qualify as an instructor.