The FAA will not take enforcement action against pilots or flight engineers who fly with medical certificates that expire between March 31, 2020, and June 30, 2020.
“COVID-19 is placing a severe burden on the U.S. healthcare system,” FAA officials note. “Requiring pilots to undergo in-person medical examinations would further stress the healthcare system, and would increase the risk of transmitting the virus through personal contact between the doctor and the applicant.”
The news was hailed by officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, who note it is a good start to other requests they’ve made to provide relief from looming deadlines for a range of time-sensitive tasks, including pilot certification, proficiency, and knowledge test expirations.[Read more…]