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GA Needs Your Input!

Comments to medical exemption request close July 2

June 27, 2012 - With just a few days remaining until the July 2 close for the public comment period regarding the EAA/AOPA third-class medical exemption, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower has this message for EAA members and other aviators: Get involved! Your comments in support of this exemption request give thousands of aviators the opportunity to keep flying and grows participation in aviation.

More than 10,000 comments have already been received by FAA. That's an incredible number, but with 600,000 certificated pilots in the U.S., we can do better.

Here's the direct link to the "Submit a Comment" page (FAA Document FAA-2012-0350-0001):
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FAA-2012-0350-0001

More than 10,000 comments have already been received by FAA. That's an incredible number, but with 600,000 certificated pilots in the U.S., we can do better. Please take a few minutes to fully inform yourself about the measure by reviewing the EAA/AOPA Guide to the Medical Petition, or consult the frequently asked questions to learn more about the exemption request. Then express your support for this measure that helps aviation by posting a comment to the docket.

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.

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