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Calling All Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts: Last Chance to Comment


September 12, 2012 - This Friday, September 14, is the absolute last day to submit comments to the FAA regarding the EAA/AOPA Medical Certification petition.

Don't miss this last chance to let the FAA know that flying recreationally can be safely accomplished using the EAA/AOPA recommended alternative method of using an online aeromedical education program in lieu of obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

"EAA especially encourages the 39,000 pilots who will be directly affected by the FAA's ultimate decision on this proposal to indicate their support for the exemption request," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. "Key to your comments is stating how pilots already evaluate their fitness before every flight they take and how the proposed online course would enable them to do so more effectively. Every comment counts, so submit yours today."

On the Submit a Comment website (FAA Document FAA-2012-0350-0001), click the Comment button on the upper right.

More background on the EAA/AOPA exemption request can be found in the Guide to the Medical Exemption Request and replies to frequently asked questions.

If you experience problems submitting your comments, please e-mail your comments to Catherine Lute in EAA's member services department at clute@eaa.org, and ask her to submit your comments for you. You may also call her at 920-426-5912 and she can help guide you through the comment submission process.

"We know the FAA decision process will take between four to six months from the end of the public comment period," Hansen added. "If we learn of any updates prior to the final FAA decision, we want to pass that information to you, so please sign up to receive updates on our medical initiative by e-mailing govt@eaa.org."


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