Time running out to support medical exemption

The FAA opened its official comment period June 12 for an exemption to third class medical certificate regulations filed jointly by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Supporters have only 20 days — until July 2 — to submit comments, according to a report at AOPA.org. “We urge those who have not commented on our exemption request to do so within the 20-day timeframe, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more possibilities to participate in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard,” said Robert Hackman, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “Now is the time to make your voice heard on this important initiative.”

Comments

  1. Robert M. Brann says:

    I have been flying for 62 years without accident or incident. I sold my Bonanza and bought an LSA and chose to not renew my medical even though I knew I could easily pass.
    Now flying with the Sport Pilot regs. I could be considerable help to my fellow pilots who need a safety pilot for IFR practice. That is one very good reason for the FAA to consider approving the medical exemption request.
    Robert M. Brann

  2. Roger W. Reeve says:

    The Doctor who diagnosed my heart condition says I am in better shape than before
    my heart attack. I find this is common among heart attack survivors.

  3. Roger W. Reeve says:

    If I could fly 12 months a year I know I would be a safer pilot. I have spent an average of 3 months a year waiting for the FAA to reach a decision. The AME who gives me a physical sees me at least once every 2 years, the guy who makes the ultimate
    decision on my medical has never seen me and never will.

  4. I am all for lowering the medical standard to the drivers license requirement. Anything to make it easier and more fair to the Private Pilot.

  5. Dennis Reiley says:

    Sorry, people but there’s enough problem with people driving their car when medically they shouldn’t. 

    A lower medical standard for LSA’s – Yes, but there is a limit as to how low the standard should be lowered. To many pilots are still flying when they shouldn’t be allowed to.

    • Reiley,
       Do you have any statistics to back up your claim as to whom is flying that medically should not, or is this just a personal opinion? To compare an automobile to an aircraft is not a fair comparison, and would like to see statistics on to motor vehicles as well. Most aircraft accidents are from poor decision making, not from expired/denied medicals.

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