The third class medical is a bunch of BS. There is no credible evidence that even one accident has been prevented by it. I'll bet anyone on here dollars to donuts that it's caused more deaths than its prevented. Hows that, you ask? I know for a fact that, for fear of losing their medical, pilots have left untreated conditions that ultimately lead to their demise that, if found early and properly treated, might have had a different outcome.
There's also the gross over medication of the US population at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry. Once upon a time, the "normal" reading for the higher blood pressure number was "100 plus your age." Now, 120/80 is considered "pre-hypertensive" and they want to put you on medication that interferes with your heart rhythm, causes dizziness and fainting, and keeps you from getting a boner. Most "studies" pointing to the dangers of various conditions that the drug companies just happen to have a pill for are funded by the drug companies! I'm sure we have a couple medical types on here, maybe even an AME. Before you jump in and tell me I'm wrong, tell us who sponsors much of your continuing education? Yep, it's our good friends in the pharmaceutical industry.
Truly independent studies have shown no increase in mortality rates for individuals with BP up to 150/100. No, I'm too lazy to look up the citation and I'm not trying to "prove" anything anyway. I'll share another data point though - a friend just had a heart attack. She was discharged from the hospital but readmitted a few days later because her BP was 155/95. A mutual acquaintance who lives in Sweden commented "they wouldn't consider that high over here."
I guess light sport works for some people but some of us have a mission profile that requires something faster or able to carry more or to fly at night, IFR, or in major terminal areas. I had high hopes for the AOPA initiative but they saddled us voluntarily with most of the same limitations as light sport. WTF?
The medical requirement for PRIVATE pilots needs to be eliminated, period. I don't need one to drive a car, pickup, SUV, or most motor homes (do you need a CDL if it's over a certain size/weight?). The same should apply to privately operated aircraft.
O-2 (who just got in BP riled up)