Members React to Medical Exemption Proposal
October 6, 2011 – As expected, the EAA/AOPA proposal to allow driver’s license medical certification by those who fly recreationally under certain guidelines has drawn a considerable number of questions and reactions from EAA members and other aviators.
The proposal, introduced jointly by both organizations on September 24 during AOPA Summit, is still being finalized and will be formally submitted to the FAA in early 2012. The exemption process would include a required online aeromedical education component that EAA and AOPA believe would enhance aviation safety and knowledge of aviation medical factors.
Many of the questions involved the limits on aircraft horsepower, passengers allowed, daytime/VFR operations, and other details announced during the September 24 presentation. Some of the most prevalent questions will be answered in the coming weeks through e-Hotline, Sport Aviation, and other EAA communications.
“The success of medical self-certification in aviation allowed EAA and AOPA to explore a way of expanding use of the process to allow its wider use and even enhance aviation safety,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “We know that there will be many questions and suggestions from aviators in the coming weeks regarding the proposal’s details and background of particular elements within it. We will continue to update everyone on this effort, especially as we prepare for formal application to the FAA next year.”
EAA and AOPA Frequently Asked Questions sheet