Support the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

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Support the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

 

EAA members should get involved NOW with what you’ve told us is the most important issue in GA advocacy. Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support S. 2103 and H.R. 3708, the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act. The newly introduced Senate bill is a companion to the House bill of the same name, introduced in December 2013 and currently co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 52 Representatives. The bill aims to allow pilots flying certain aircraft to operate using a driver’s license in lieu of a traditional third-class medical.

 

This legislation would build upon the remarkable safety record proven by a decade of light-sport aircraft (LSA) operations. This success shows that it’s time to widen the pool of recreational pilots who can enjoy flying their small aircraft without the expense and regulatory burden of third-class medical certification.

 

Many EAA members have told us that this is the most important issue that can benefit the future of aviation. So now is your time to get involved. Send a message to your Senators and Representatives urging their support of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act. Thank you for your support and action!

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There is no magic involved with a 3rd class medical certificate after one leaves the doctor's office. It is the pilot who must and does decide if he or she is "good to go" medically for each flight. It's time to fix what should have been done long ago.
This is a LONG overdue action affecting virtually all GA pilots and our national economy. Spend that $150 on flight instruction, or fuel for proficiency/currency. Worry about what really matters - safe flying! It is an embarrassment that it is taking a legislative branch action to accomplish what obviously should be FAA's own policy improvement.
a brochure entitled "Are you fit to fly?" and a check up by your regular MD would do more for safety than the medicals.
The medical is only a snapshot in time. You can be healthy today and very sick tomorrow! Every pilot I know analyzes his fitness to fly before each and every flight regardless of whether or not he has a medical certificate. I doubt if there is any real value in requiring a medical and think deleting the requirement for one will not affect pilot performance in any way.
The FAA needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Get this done ASAP. Why wait?
This is important for general aviation!
This is long over due. The 3rd class medical has no place in sport/pleasure flying. Light sport flying has proven the safety issue.
I and most pilots would never endanger other people's lives by flying if medically hindered, so we should be able to fly VFR or IFR without a class lll, just drivers license.
I and most pilots would never endanger other people's lives by flying if medically hindered, so we should be able to fly VFR or IFR without a class lll, just drivers license.
Let's bring some common sense back to general aviation and give it a much needed boost at the same time.