As part of this agreement, medical clinics may apply to the Authority for special approval as an ‘Aeromedical Centre’ or ‘AeMC’. This grants extended privileges to the clinic, to allow additional functions to be performed on behalf of the regulator.
The authorisation means that as an AeMC, the GCAA is delegating significant responsibility and therefore extremely high standards should be met and maintained thereafter.
As a result, the airline’s medical centre will now have the authority to issue initial medical certificates to pilots, air traffic controllers and other professional aviation licence holders. Reissuance of certificates will also be delegated to Etihad Airways Medical Center.
Dr Nadia Bastaki, vice president medical services at Etihad Airways, said: “The first aeromedical centre in the UAE will enhance the care that the airline provides to pilots and cabin crew. This accreditation not only makes us proud as a team but also recognises the hard work that we put in every day.”
This achievement reaffirms GCAA’s commitment to work closely with stakeholders to advance the civil aviation industry in UAE and reach its vision of a safer and sustainable aviation system.