Australia Studying Change in Medical Standards
April 5, 2012 - The EAA/AOPA medical certificate exemption request is not the only such proposal that is emerging in the flying world, as Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) is considering a system that would allow private pilots to obtain medical certification based on the unconditional driver's license standard in that nation.
The Australian proposal is still in the study phase, but would be available to private pilots flying recreationally in aircraft up to 1,500 kilograms (about 3,300 pounds) under daytime visual flight rules and generally with one passenger. John McCormick, CASA director of aviation safety, said work on the issue was "well advanced."
"I must stress that the proposals being looked at by (CASA's) General Aviation Task Force are still proposals and no final decisions have been made," McCormick wrote in the agency's newsletter. "However, the process is proving to be both valuable and worthwhile and I look forward to being able to announce some positive news later in the year."
The Australian study is completely separate from the medical exemption request submitted to the FAA by EAA and AOPA on March 20, which is now open for public comment at Regulations.gov under Docket # FAA-2012-0350.
See EAA's guide to assist aviators who wish to comment.