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What if you could complete a medical awareness online course, assess your fitness for flight, and use your driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical for certain flights?
You could do just that if the AOPA/EAA medical exemption is granted.
But, in order for that to happen we need your help. Every comment received in support of the exemption brings us closer to our goal of 10,000 comments
, a number that simply can't be ignored.
The AOPA/EAA medical exemption can help put thousands of pilots each year back in the air and that is something we should all rally behind.
The July 2nd deadline to comment and support the medical exemption is only a few days away.
We urge those who have not commented on our exemption request to do so today before the time frame ends, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more possibilities to participate in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard. Now is the time to make your voice heard on this important initiative.
AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Guide to CommentingComment Here
Key points regarding the Petition:
• Current FAA regulation requires all pilots to hold at least a third-class medical certificate to exercise the privileges of a private or recreational certificate.
• AOPA and EAA are asking the FAA for an exemption to that rule, which would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third-class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-assess their fitness to fly.
• Opportunity for members and the community to comment is now; the FAA has published the petition request and is accepting comments through July 2nd.
• Our community needs to be heard and the FAA needs to hear that the industry is supportive of this effort.
• Already, the FAA has received 3000 comments; they need to hear from many more to emphasize the importance of this request.
• Guide to commenting available on our website, or go to our homepage and look for the Medical Petition Information in the AOPA Action section.
• Additional information and background if needed: click here.