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“The issuance of initial medicals is taking a particularly long time for student pilots. Is there any work underway to speed up this process?”

The current service standard is 40 business days, though there have been delays in accessing medical tests. Transport Canada is reliant on the public health services that are available throughout Canada on public health services throughout Canada. Depending on the complexity of a given file, the process may be delayed.

TC is also moving to a digital system for application submissions, which could speed up the process in general. Roughly 30-40% of medical examiners have adopted this, with a view of having complete adoption by the summer of 2021.

The Chair of HAC’s Flight Training & Licensing Committee, Cathy Press – who made the enquiry, encouraged applicants who were seeking an initial medical to seek out CAMEs who have adopted the digital system.