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Your Support for EAA/AOPA Medical Petition Is Crucial

It's easy to comment in support of driver's license exemption for recreational flying

June 25, 2012 - It only takes a couple of minutes to post a comment on the EAA/AOPA petition to allow pilots to fly recreationally using a driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical, but your support is the only thing that may sway the FAA. The government has made it surprisingly easy to log in and post your comments.

Click here to comment on Docket FAA-2012-0350, located within Regulations.gov. (Review the EAA/AOPA Guide to the Medical Petition, or consult the frequently asked questions to learn more about the exemption request.)

You will be led automatically to the area to comment on the EAA/AOPA petition. You must enter your name and address in the spaces provided. Then you can type your comment into the comment block - just tell the FAA what you think in your own words. Your comments do not need to be lengthy. Heartfelt and thoughtful expressions carry the most weight, not long statements.

The petition for exemption asks that pilots be able to fly fixed-gear, single-engine airplanes of 180 hp or less carrying no more than one passenger in day VFR using a valid driver's license as evidence of medical qualification. The exemption also would create an online aeromedical training course that each pilot must study. An online exam will test your retention of the course material.

It is EAA's position that education is more effective then regulation and the online course would give pilots the knowledge necessary to determine when they are medically fit to fly. Medical fitness is a day-to-day evaluation and decision that each pilot makes with colds, flu, or even fatigue and distraction being important considerations, not just major health events. The required training gives us the tools to make those fitness-to-fly decisions responsibly.

We are closing in on 4,000 comments on the petition and momentum is building. Please make your voice heard. Our goal of 10,000 comments on the petition is a number so large that we will have the FAA's full attention. Please make your comments soon as the period closes on July 2.


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