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Capt. Gregory Worthington

Case Study - Capt. G Worthington / 20 September 2018

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PROFILE

Name Captain Gregory Worthington
Nationality Australian
Age 61
Family Wife, 2 children and 3 grandchildren
Current Location NSW, Australia
Medical Condition Macular Telangiectasia

AVIATION CAREER

I started flying in September 1982, gaining my Commercial licence in 1986 and ATPL in 1991. I worked in charter and instructional flying for many years, and joined CASA in 2001 as a Flying Operations Inspector. I still work as an FOI with CASA and maintain the passion to ensure avia­tion companies adhere to legislation and accountability; not attributing blame to the pilot at the controls as the first reason for an event.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR GENERAL HEALTH PRIOR TO YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION?

I was in good health throughout my career, maintaining a Class 1 Medical, until my visual acuity began to weaken in 2015.  In early 2018 I failed to meet the standards for a Class 1 and it was not reissued. 

 

WHY WERE YOU GROUNDED?

The medical condition that caused my visual acuity to decline is Macular Telangiectasia (Mactel). Mactel presented itself after 33 years in aviation at the age of 57. Simply, Mactel is fluid that leaks from the blood vessels in the retina and forms a bubble - mine is at the focal point which causes blurriness.

 

WHY IS LOSS OF LICENCE COVER SO IMPORTANT?

MBF Loss of Licence cover has provided assurance of meeting financial obligations for my family when I lost my Class 1. As my working career was dependant on piloting an aircraft, and this career has now ended, the MBF has provided the means to meet mortgage payments and given us confidence that we can address any future events.

 

MBF EXPERIENCE

I kept the MBF advised as events unfolded and I received very kind support from the Claims Manager, who provided a caring and understanding claims process. I had always maintained a level of coverage I could afford, knowing that it would assist myself and my family in the event of making a claim. This assurance has provided security throughout my aviation career. 

“Having had to make a claim it has demonstrated the importance of the MBF, and I cannot stress enough to Pilots that you need Loss of Licence cover. It is just as important as superannuation!”