This community-led campaign had short and long-term objectives related to ensuring people living with HIV in Scotland could train as pilots. Our aim was to ensure the CAA implement a deviation from EASA regulations to award Class 1 Medical Certificates, with restriction, to enable people living with HIV in Scotland to train as Commercial Pilots. A secondary objecting was to ensure the EASA amend European regulations which prevent people living with HIV from receiving unrestricted Class 1 Medical Certificates to enable them to train as Commercial Pilots without limitation which would benefit people living with HIV in Scotland and Europe.

By creating the links between human rights legislation and the aviation policies, we identified the discrimination which, on the 18th January 2018, led to the UK Government and the CAA announcing that they would deviate from EASA regulations to issue Class 1 Medical
Certificates, with restriction, to people living with HIV. Given that aviation is a global matter, working on this for Scotland has seen benefits for the whole of Europe. The CAA wrote to EASA to urge a review of the European rules which would allow for the regulations to be amended to issue unrestricted Class 1 Medical Certificates to people living with HIV. EASA announced in April 2018 that they would be commissioning work to update regulations which should see the European-wide restriction lifted.