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FAA Medical Certification

by John M. White |  | 4 comments

Aviation Medical Examiner - AME While U.S. alphabet associations like the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) seek to have the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allow private pilots use a driver's license and medical self-assessment in lieu of the 3rd Class Medical Certificate issued through FAA approved Airman Medical Examiners Australian Civil Aviation Authorities have gone ahead and made this change. In a ruling by the Australian CASA (Civial Aviation Safety Authority) flight medical standards for private and recreational pilots have been modified to allow pilots to self certify their medical fitness online allowing them to fly aircraft with up to a 3,200 pound maximum weight. The move was taken to make it easier for pilots to maintain their medicals without reducing safety. While pilots will still be required to get a medical assessment every two years (one year for pilots 65 and over) but those medical assessments are based on driver's license standards but can only carry one passenger who has been informed of the self certification of the pilot's medical fitness. Other limits under the new rule are day VFR flights only, 180hp or less, 3,200 #s or less and a 10,000 above sea level altitude limitation. Here in the USA the AOPA and EAA are petitioning the FAA for similar relaxation of 3rd class medical standards, but have incurred some opposition from the LSA industry segment. LSA manufacturers fear that the ability to fly 4 seat 180hp aircraft without a medical certificate will hurt their sales significantly. The truth is we need to do everything we can to change the general aviation environment to encourage more flying and more student pilot starts or we may be watching a dying industry. I am in favor of anything that encourages more general aviation activity before it is too late. What do you think? Please share "FAA Medical Certification" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks!           Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

Comments (4)

  • RICKIE LOS on June 24, 2019

    IT IS MY OPINION THAT THE FAA SHOULD BE LOOK TO PASS THIS REGULATION. WE IN GENERAL AVIATION NEED ALL OF THE SUPPORT POSSIBLE FOR MAKING THE SYSTEM EASER, THUS BRINGING IN NEW PEOPLE INTO AVATION . ALSO ALLOWING CURRENT PILOTS THE BREAK THEY MY NEED IN ORDER TO STAY ACTIVE IN THE AVITION FIELD. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE NEW GENERATION OF COMMERICAL PILOTS ARE GOING TO COME FROM . THE MILITARY WILL ONLY SUPPLY SO MANY THE REST WILL WORK THERE WAY UP THRU GERERAL AVIATION AFTER BEING MENTORED BY OUR CURRENT PILOTS ,

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019

    Rickie:

    I have heard this call for more pilots for many years, but somehow the airlines always find enough pilots and many pilots have found it difficult to find jobs with the airlines.

    However, with so many feeder airlines flying regional jets and the growth of the airline industry, perhaps this time there will – in fact – be a shortage of pilots. Many of my fellow pilots from the Michigan State University Winged Spartans Flying Club took airline jobs back in the late 60s, but endured layoffs and even the failure of their airline.

    It does distress me to see how vacant so many local airports are these days, and how few general aviation aircraft I see flying overhead.

    John

  • John Codrington on June 24, 2019

    Australia enjoys one of the safest GA Aviation records in the world. Whilst the weather conditions and terrain in Australia are not as severe as in other parts of the globe, it still nevertheless has a very high traffic movement rate. Australia also is acknowledged to have some of the highest standards in the world in relation to pilot training, aircraft maintenance, medical requirements, so the relaxtion of these rules (medical requirements) would not have been made lightly and would have been undertaken after thorough investigation and research and on the basis that there will be no significant increase in incidents as most Pilots are responsible enough to know if they are fit to fly or not. Congratulations on the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for taking a huge step such as this. CASA is a very conservative goverment department, and for them to take this step is ground breaking.

  • RADHAKRISHNA on June 24, 2019

    i like this post. Good comparison. The trust in the self-judgement of the pilots is encouraging. AOPA and EAA in USA should take up this aspect and improve this attitude in their pilots so that FAA will be in a position to take a decision like CASA

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