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Act Now! Comment on Medical Exemption Request By July 2

Comments already submitted online to be included

June 12, 2012 - The FAA is allowing a short 20-day official public comment period for the EAA/AOPA third-class medical certification exemption request, beginning with the notice published in today's Federal Register.

The 20-day public comment period, which ends July 2, is shorter than the typical 30- or 60-day period established for comments. More than 1,800 public comments have already been submitted on the exemption request through the Regulations.gov website. Those comments will be included as part of the docket on the exemption request, which was unveiled in late March as a way to significantly reduce a substantial economic and regulatory burden for pilots who fly recreationally.

"The short comment period makes it more urgent that people submit their comments now. If you have not commented on our exemption request, do it as soon as possible, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more participation in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard," said Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety. "Make your voice heard now as part of our 'Drive for 3,000' comments on this important initiative."

Current FAA regulation 14 CFT Part 61 requires all pilots to hold at least a third-class medical certificate to exercise the privileges of a private or recreational certificate. EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA for an exemption to that rule, which would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third-class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-assess their fitness to fly. If the request is granted, pilots flying recreationally would be required to carry the online education program course completion certificate during each flight.

The exemption would allow completers of the online program to medical self-certify for single-engine aircraft with 180 hp or less, four seats or fewer, fixed gear, and day VFR flight with one passenger.

Review the EAA/AOPA Guide to the Medical Petition, or consult the frequently asked questions to learn more about the exemption request. You can submit your comments and/or review previously submitted comments at the Regulations.gov website by searching Docket FAA-2012-0350.

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