HIV positive man can become a commercial pilot// world news
An HIV positive man who was told he could not train as a commercial pilot will be allowed to begin training after a U-turn by aviation officials.
The man, from Glasgow, had been offered a place on an EasyJet training programme.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now reversed a decision not to grant him a medical certificate.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was “overwhelmed, shocked, elated and humbled”.
Anthony (not his real name), told the BBC in December it was “utterly devastating” to discover that he could not take up the position on the pilot training scheme.
His offer has been extended until June and he hopes to take up his place on the course as soon as possible.
The CAA initially said the problem stemmed from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations which state that pilots with certain medical conditions – including being HIV positive, organ transplantation or having type 1 diabetes – are only allowed to fly with a co-pilot.
However, after a review of the rules, the CAA said it was satisfied this should not prevent an HIV positive person obtaining a class 1 medical certificate to begin training for “multi-pilot operations” subject to them passing the class 1 medical assessment.