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Time running out to support medical exemption

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

If using medical self-certification and a driver's license to fly single-engine aircraft with 180-horsepower or less, four seats or fewer, and fixed landing gear for recreational purposes is up your alley, now is your chance to make that scenario a reality. With only 20 days to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request, submit comments supporting it now.

Medical exemption petition comments pass 1,250

Advocacy | May 09, 2012

The FAA has received more than 1,250 comments on the request by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association to provide pilots who fly recreationally the option of becoming educated on medical self-assessment and using a driver's license as the baseline for their health in lieu of obtaining a third class medical certificate.

Pilots speak out on medical petition at Sun 'n Fun

Advocacy | Apr 04, 2012

Thousands of pilots who streamed through the AOPA Tent at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., logged support for an effort by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association to reduce the burden of the third class medical.

How to be heard: Tips for medical petition comments

Advocacy | Mar 29, 2012

If reducing the burden of a third-class medical certificate could benefit you, now is the time to speak up. The FAA has posted a petition for exemption recently filed by AOPA and EAA that if granted would allow pilots to use recurrent education in lieu of a medical certificate for many common general aviation recreational operations.

AOPA, EAA file medical exemption petition

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

AOPA and EAA on March 20 filed a petition for exemption asking the FAA to extend to all pilots flying recreationally the freedom to fly, in certain circumstances, utilizing the knowledge gained by taking an annual education course to assist them with making an assessment of their fitness to fly in lieu of requiring a medical certificate.

AOPA/EAA medical exemption request strong, steady

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver's license and medical self-assessment despite the FAA's recent denial of a pilot's request to expand the driver's license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less.

Pilot-run airport backs medical petition

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

The airport in Simsbury, Conn., is home to about 50 pilots who share the cost of maintaining their home field. There is strong support here for the petition about to be filed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that will seek to extend to all pilots the ability to fly four-seat aircraft - with single engines up to 180 horsepower - without a third-class medical certificate.

'Driver's license medical' request on track

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are on track to submit their request for an exemption allowing pilots flying recreationally to use the driver's license medical standard in the coming weeks--but there's still time to sign up online to receive email alerts on the progress of the request and when you can submit comments.

FAA Funding Debate

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Members line up to speak their minds Now that the FAA funding debate has been active for some eight months, AOPA has garnered a huge response from its members. It's been both inspiring and educational for the AOPA staff.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

The FAA has issued new rules that add "photo identification" to the list of credentials that a pilot must have when flying. The new rules also require that the pilot present this photo ID for inspection when requested.