Filing Comments to Support the AOPA / EAA Medical Exemption
According to FAR 11, comments to FAA dockets must be in English and contain:
- The docket number of the rulemaking document you are commenting on – clearly set out at the beginning of your comments – docket number FAA-2012-0350
- Your name and mailing address, and, if you wish, other contact information, such as a fax number, telephone number, or email address.
- Comments should be should be substantive, significant, specific, or supported
- Your information, views, or arguments, following the instructions for participation in the rulemaking document on which you are commenting. (see below for guidance)
- You should also include all relevant material to any statement of fact or argument in your comments, to the extent that the material is available to you and reasonable for you to submit.
When you write the FAA to express your support of the AOPA / EAA Medical Exemption request, here are a few things you should say, in your own words:
- Describe yourself as a pilot, type of pilot certificate(s) held, total hours, how much you fly annually, aircraft owner or renter, how you use your pilot certificate (personal transportation, business, etc.), and please cite other relevant statistics and facts.
- Include a statement that clearly conveys your support for the AOPA/EAA Medical Exemption request.
- Describe how you personally assess that you are medically fit to fly between medical exams and how the education course included in this exemption would enhance your ability to evaluate your fitness to fly.
- Explain to the FAA how allowing an option that reduces the burden of the 3rd class medical certificate for pilots flying recreationally would maintain or increase the number of pilots participating in GA. Feel free to elaborate by highlighting how increased activity benefits all of GA – which in turn allows for flight services and economic activity that benefits the general public.
- Explain how participating in continuing aviation education increases safety. Include examples of where learning (through education courses, magazine articles, seminars, etc.) have expanded your aeronautical knowledge and made you a safer pilot.
How to send your message
Send your message to the FAA
- Comments may be filed online by going to regulations.gov – enter FAA-2012-0350 in "Simple Search". Then simply click on the "Comment/Submissions" button to enter formal comments.
- Alternatively, written comments may be mailed to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, 20590, or faxed to 202/493-2251. Be sure to include the official Docket Number: FAA-2012-0350
If you have further questions, visit the AOPA or EAA websites or email to: