September 11, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
AOPA is continuing to put pressure on the FAA to reinstate knowledge test privileges at certain CATS and LaserGrade testing facilities across the country.
The FAA had made a policy change that revoked the privileges at roughly 160 centers because they gave fewer than 25 tests last year. The policy also stated that testing centers had to be a certain distance apart.
In a follow-up letter to the FAA, AOPA requested that the agency immediately reinstate all testing centers that have asked for reconsideration or have appealed the cancellation of their testing privileges under the new 100-mile distance requirement. AOPA also called on the FAA to meet with the industry about existing and proposed requirements.
AOPA is concerned that the FAA policy punishes existing testing providers and does not support the ongoing industry effort to grow the pilot population. Besides the financial investments that testing centers have made in equipment purchases, many flight schools rely on their testing centers to provide the full range of training to students.
Advocacy and Legislation,
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
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 fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg has challenged AOPA President Mark Baker to a dogfight. The battle? To see who can bring in the most "Hat in the Ring Society" donors to support aviation safety, promote airports, and improve the image of general aviation before the end of the year.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.