Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from requiring a third-class medical certificate to fly. Under the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA), pilots who make noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats would be exempt from the third-class medical certification process. Pilots would be allowed to carry up to five passengers, fly at altitudes below 14,000 feet msl and fly no faster than 250 knots. The legislation would also require the FAA to report on the safety consequences of the new rule after five years.
The following Congressman have signed on as cosponsors to the House and Senate bills and are among the first to support this critical legislation that will promote safety, keep aviators flying, and save pilots, and the federal government, millions of dollars.
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