James Boucher of Britain made history when he finally fulfilled his dream of being a pilot at the age of 31, becoming the first commercial civil aviation pilot in European history to carry HIV. “It’s incredible, I’m very proud of the journey I’ve been through, and I’m humble,” James said. There was a time when I thought it was impossible to be a pilot, and it was great to be lucky enough to realize my childhood dream. ”
It is understood that pilots need medical certificates to obtain a commercial flight pilot’s license, after the European Aviation Safety Agency ruled that HIV carriers can not become new pilots, so James HIV test positive can not be eligible.
When applying for a medical certificate, Mr James said, it was stipulated that people who had become pilots could continue to fly if they were infected with HIV, but people living with HIV could not become new pilots. I fought so much about it, and eventually the Civil Aviation Authority changed the rules and I made it to be a pilot.
James says it’s not just about the individual, it’s about anyone who wants to be a pilot, it’s about people living with HIV in any industry. I want to tell them that if you’re experiencing discrimination, challenge him, and you can fight it.