January 21, 2003
As a direct result of AOPA's successful FAA petition to require pilots to carry a government-issued photo ID as well as their pilot certificate when flying, AOPA and Sporty's Pilot Shop are now offering a handy ramp check wallet insert. The ID holder has separate windows for a driver's license or other government-issued ID, a pilot certificate, and a medical certificate. It's sturdy enough to carry separately but small enough to slip into a wallet.
"With heightened security and the increased possibility of ramp checks, having easy access to all your required identification documents just makes sense," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Sporty's developed this simple, low-cost solution, and we're pleased to offer it through Sporty's as an AOPA Certified product."
In February 2002, AOPA offered an immediate solution to a major security concern; namely that there is no photo for identification on a pilot certificate. FAA plans to add a photo were likely to be costly, take a long time to implement, and create a significant burden for pilots. AOPA petitioned for a direct final rule to require pilots to carry both their certificate and a government-issued photo ID, such as a passport, military ID, or driver's license. Since virtually every pilot would be likely to have driven to the airport with a driver's license in his pocket, it would create no additional burden.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey announced at AOPA Expo 2002 in Palm Springs, Calif., that her agency had approved the petition and would implement the rule.
More information on the ramp check wallet insert and other AOPA Insignia merchandise is available online.
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