EASA authorities start to move towards a more restrictive Anomaloscope test - March 2021

From March 2020 some EASA states have decided to move towards the UK pass criteria for the Anomaloscope test, which requires candidates to demonstrate normal trichromacy, meaning to have normal colour vision.  Austro Control in March 2021 decided to implement this rule which can be found in the photo to the side. This does not make sense to ECDAA, as secondary testing designed for people who have CVD,  is meant to prove 'colour safety' which is by ICAO definition when someone has an acceptable level of colour deficiency. Furthermore, the Anomalosocpe is meant to be the gold standard in testing for severity and type of colour vision deficiency and thus has been used for many decades in testing pilots and people in many other industries.  Now with this new Anomaloscope testing criteria, this has meant a reduced number of testing options for CVD candidates, this is unacceptable. 

Pilot Career News Article on ECDAA - Jan 2021


ENAC creates confusion by testing experienced and fully qualified pilots with the CAD Test in their change from EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance -2020

It's mid December 2019 when ENAC (Italian Aviation Authority) with an AltMoC notification (AltMOC MED.B.075) to the European Aviation Safety Agency decided to test pilots with the CAD Test and in the mean time get rid of the Lantern Testing, making them not valid anymore for the issue of a colour safe certification, departing from EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC). This is something they can do and have the right to do as AMCs are soft law, so not legally binding to member states. The real problems started to emerge when qualified pilots went to Aeromedical Centers (AeMC) to renew/revalidate their Class 1 medical certificate and they were requested to perform CAD Test even if they already were deemed as colour safe based on a Lantern Testing method, lot of these professional aircrews were suddenly deemed as unsafe and have seen they medical certificate revoked after the CAD Test failure even if they had thousands of hours of Instrument Flying experience, luckily with the help of great professionals within the industry and the mediation of EASA, ENAC recognised the problem and issued an Explanatory Note that now gives grandfathered rights to everyone who previously were considered colour safe based on the old regulation (at the date of AltMoC notification), this happened actually pretty fast and the authority was helpful and collaborative towards a positive outcome of the issue. Right now ENAC accepts for new candidates the CAD Test and the Nagel Anomaloscope Test. Even if at the end aviation professionals were kept safe this issue demonstrated, once again, the clear asymmetry between countries in colour vision regulations, the good thing is that EASA is now aware of what could happen in the case of a massive transition to CAD test without clear indications to AMEs (Doctors).



Under the new rules, pilots with CVD can apply to undertake a new operational colour vision assessment (OCVA) and, if successful, have restrictions removed on their Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificates.

The new approach would include both a medical assessment and practical competency assessment in a three-stage process.

Pilots with the mildest form of CVD, as assessed by clinical testing, would be eligible for unrestricted medical certification in New Zealand.

Those with more severe CVD will still be able to fly with restrictions on their medical certificate that prevents them operating to and from controlled aerodromes without a radio, flying at night or carrying passengers on air operations.

The last two restrictions could be removed by passing a practical operational flight assessment.

For more info click on the link https://www.aviation.govt.nz/licensing-and-certification/medical-certification/colour-vision/

Image by Karl Köhler


Keeping you up to date with all the latest developments in colour vision for aircrew across the world

A fantastic article on ECDAA has been published on Pilot Career News, this has been a really positive step in advertising ECDAA and making people aware that you can fly with CVD.  We look forward to publishing more articles in the future on our progress.

To read the fantastic article written by Jonny one of our panel members, please click the link below:


New Zealand adopts a fair and practical method of testing CVD Pilots -2019