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But while FAA officials have showed sympathy to EAA's "sound philosophical rationale," they have also "raised several thorny, practical concerns," EAA said. Among these is the question of whether building a process to earmark requests for sport-pilot medical credentials and segregate them from requests for third-class-medical reinstatements would "result in the creation of an unwieldy bureaucracy." (The FAA and unwieldy bureaucracy ... say it isn't so.) Furthermore, the development of specific, modified criteria for evaluating sport-pilot reinstatement requests poses challenges. EAA said it believes "these obstacles are surmountable." FAA has agreed to additional discussions. Meanwhile, understanding that some people may be unsure about their FAA medical status, EAA's Sport Pilot Web site provides instructions on how to check.