The Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of the Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft rule and returned it to the FAA for release and publication in the Federal Register. The use of a current and valid driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical to fly low-powered, lightweight aircraft like a J-3 Cub is a potential advantage of this rule. Exactly how this will be implemented - and how many pilots would be affected - is not clear at this moment. "With all things governmental, the devil is in the details," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "AOPA's experts will be standing by to review the rule line by line so that we can give you definitive answers about what you can and cannot do." The FAA is expected to release the rule to the public in a press conference today.
Update: July 20, 2004