AOPA staff attending AirVenture in Oshkosh today met with FAA officials responsible for the sport pilot rule to work toward a resolution of the medical "Catch-22." Both in questions to AOPA's Pilot Information Center and at various forums at EAA's AirVenture, pilots have expressed disappointment that if they've been denied a medical in the past, they can't use a driver's license in lieu of a medical to exercise sport pilot privileges. However, a pilot with a similar medical condition who has never applied for a medical, can.
"AOPA, along with EAA and other groups, is continuing the dialogue with FAA to find a way to get back to the original intent of sport pilot," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. "If you're healthy enough to hold a driver's license and you have no current medical condition that would make you unsafe to fly a light-sport aircraft, you should be able to exercise sport pilot privileges."
July 30, 2004