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EAA, AOPA File for Extension on Medical Exemption Request

Nearly 15,000 comments already filed with FAA

July 5, 2012 - AOPA and EAA have filed for an extension of the comment period for the third-class medical certificate exemption request, allowing more people to show support for the measure that would allow pilots to fly recreationally using a driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical.

The extension would ask for 70 additional days for public comments on the exemption request. In the brief, 20-day public comment period that closed on July 2, nearly 15,000 comments were received by the FAA.

"While the number of comments received by the FAA to the medical exemption request is nearly unprecedented for any aviation issue, the short, 20-day comment period did prevent people from filing comments before the July 2 deadline," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "The extension will supply additional time for people to support this important measure for the future of aviation."

As the public comment period has already closed on the request, approval of an extension would be regarded as a re-opening of the public comment period instead an official extension. In addition, such a move would also allow comments to be gathered at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the EAA Welcome Center later this month.

For more information, review the EAA/AOPA Guide to the Medical Petition or consult the frequently asked questions.

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