A third-class medical exemption for pilots operating four-seat, 180-hp (or less) aircraft in daytime, VFR conditions probably is not a high priority item for FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Can you really blame him?
But it is to me, and no doubt a great many current, and potential, recreational pilots. So…Michael — can I call you Michael? — how can we help?
I understand that with the sequestration and its impact on the FAA budget, you have a few things on your plate, but we’d like to help.
I wonder if more pilots would be a good thing for the FAA’s budget?
At present, the FAA is working with the industry to re-write FAR Part 23 aircraft certification with the stated goal of cutting the cost of certification in half, and doubling safety.
So, let’s do the same with the third-class medical.
Here’s my punchlist…what am I missing?
DATA: Eight years of it from the Sport Pilot population. Safety, using a valid drivers license in place of a medical, hasn’t been affected in any measurable way.
REGULATION: Perhaps the people who will need to rework the regulations are on furlough. If so, I’m sure the folks at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and perhaps a private attorney-pilot — or 10 — would be happy to step up and help make the necessary edits.
DECIDE: You can make this decision. Reading your bio, I can see you’ve made some big decisions in your day. You have a “reputation for managing complex transportation challenges” that saw you named the “Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.” What better decision than to exempt pilots who operate four-seat, 180-hp (or less) aircraft during the day, in VFR conditions from having to get a third-class medical?
Not that you are thinking of your legacy already, having only been on the job since Jan. 9, 2013, but wouldn’t it be cool to look back in a few years and point to a more robust recreational market and say, “I did that.”
I know this isn’t a high priority for you, but you’ve got to admit: This is on your to-do/to-decide list and it would feel great to check it off…done.
How can we help make that happen? Give me a call, and in the spirit of saving the FAA money, use our toll-free number 800-426-8538.