Legislation to keep the FAA operating past July 15 was formally announced July 6. The legislation includes third class medical reform language that the Senate has already passed three times.
The provisions of the FAA extension package have been negotiated over the past several weeks, and it is expected that the House and Senate will pass the legislation and send it to the president to be signed into law before Congress adjourns next week.
After the president signs the bill into law, the FAA will have up to one year to develop and issue regulations before the third class medical provisions become effective.
“The battle for medical reform has been long and hard-fought, and these changes are critical to the future of general aviation,” said Baker.
For answers to the most commonly asked questions about medical reform, visit AOPA’s FAQ page.