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Action on third class medical ‘soon,’ Huerta tells Baker

Advocacy | Jul 17, 2014

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.

Baker briefs caucus on importance of medical reform

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2014

Third class medical reform is critical to growing general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House General Aviation Caucus during a briefing June 17.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

Washington pilots support AOPA third class medical bill

Advocacy | May 13, 2014

The Washington Pilots Association donated $1,000 toward AOPA's efforts to pass the third class medical bill.

Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

AOPA’s inaugural regional fly-in kicks off with healthy attendance

Article | Apr 26, 2014

More than 2,500 people and 350 aircraft descended on San Marcos Airport in San Marcos, Texas, for AOPA's first regional fly-in.

Medical reform gains momentum

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2014

The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.

GAO report finds problems with medical certification

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2014

A new report from the Government Accountability Office has revealed problems with the FAA medical certification process, including delays, technological issues, and lack of clarity.

Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2014

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

Washington governor signs tower bill

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are proliferating, and hard to spot. Washington has joined a growing list of states protecting pilots.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | Apr 02, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.

AOPA APPLAUDS SENATE BILL TO EXPAND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO MORE PILOTS

News release | Mar 11, 2014

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) third-class medical exemption, reserved for sport pilots for the past decade, to a larger pilot population and more types of aircraft.

House passes bill to force rulemaking on sleep apnea

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2014

A bill that would force the FAA to go through rulemaking before imposing any sleep disorder policies passes in the House.

Bill to stop new sleep apnea policy set for vote in House

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2014

A bill that would force the FAA to go through rulemaking before imposing any sleep disorder policies is scheduled for a vote in the House.

FAA apologizes for delay on medical petition

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2014

The FAA apologizes for the delay in responding to third-class medical petition and says it is moving as quickly as possible in light of measured risks.

AOPA Online reviews top comments of 2013

Article | Dec 23, 2013

AOPA Online reviews three stories in 2013 with the most member comments.

Lawmaker seeks support for expanding driver’s license medical

Article | Dec 18, 2013

The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.

Pilots re-energized over driver’s license medical bill

Article | Dec 13, 2013

Since Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act on Dec. 11, the pilot community has been abuzz with the possibilities of the bill that would allow pilots to use a driver’s license as a medical certificate for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.