The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has identified medical illnesses, in addition to those that result in a reduction in medical fitness in 15 days or the ongoing use of any prescribed drugs, about which flight crew should notify airlines. In response, the airlines shall inform the DGCA Medical Directorate so that they can undergo a new medical examination prior to the issue or renewal of a medical evaluation for a licence to fly.
Among these medical problems are:
– Any bodily harm or surgical procedure
– Any Consciousness Loss
– Treatment for Kidney or Gallbladder Stones
– Coronary Angiography
– Coronary Angioplasty
– Unusual heart rhythms
– Any medical investigation yielding unexpected outcomes
– Any drug that is used on a daily basis
– If a positive test for alcohol or psychoactive substances is obtained
The DGCA further noted that if a crew member has suffered from an illness or injury and has been unable to discharge tasks for a continuous period of more than 15 days, he/she must not exercise the privileges of his/her licence until he/she is deemed ‘fit’ following a fresh medical examination.
The DGCA also recommended the flight crew avoid flying responsibilities if they were suffering from a medical condition or injury or were taking medication.