The FAA has set a deadline of July 2 to receive comments on the exemption to pilot medical requirements proposed by AOPA and EAA in April. The advocacy groups asked the FAA to allow pilots to fly some GA aircraft without a third-class medical certificate if they take an online course and hold a driver's license. "The short comment period makes it more urgent that people submit their comments now," said Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety. "Make your voice heard." More than 1,800 comments already have been submitted, and the groups have set a target to reach 3,000 comments by the deadline.
The two advocacy groups have posted an online guide (PDF) to help pilots who want to file comments. The full 41-page proposal also is posted online (PDF). When the proposal was released in March, AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Kristine Hartzell, AOPA's manager of regulatory affairs, for more details about the plan and the strategy behind it. Click here to listen to the podcast.