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Requirement to Carry Your FAA Special Issuance Medical LOA Ends in July


March 22, 2012 – Today the FAA issued a direct final rule (Docket No. FAA-2012-0056; March 22, 2012) that eliminates the need for pilots with special issuance medical certificates to carry their FAA letter of authorization (LOA) on their person, or have it readily available, while exercising their pilot privileges. In the direct final rule the FAA states that this action will reduce the burden on approximately 28,000 airmen with special issuance medicals. It will go into effect on July 20, 2012.

Affected members should be aware of three very important aspects of this final rule:

  1. Until the rule becomes effective on July 20, 2012, pilots must continue to carry their special medical issuance LOA.
  2. This rule only applies in the United States. If you fly internationally, you must carry your LOA in accordance with ICAO international law.
  3. You must continue to carry your FAA medical certificate or U.S. driverís license, as appropriate, as required by FARs when exercising your pilot privileges.
"One of EAA's primary missions is to reduce the regulatory burden on our members," said Randy Hansen, government relations director. "This FAA direct to final rule eliminating the need to carry one's special issuance letter of authorization does just that and we thank the FAA for taking this regulatory step."


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