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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It shouldn't take this long to approve this issue with so much positive information provided to the FAA by EAA and AOPA. Information that supports their request to end the 3rd class medical requirements for rec pilots. However, If the major aircraft companies are trying to protect the investments they made in producing new light sport aircraft they would also be in touch with their Senators and representavtive and try to delay a decision that would allow the older aircraft such as the 150,172 and several other aircraft to be flown with a drivers license medical. A delay that would give them more time to earn some of that investment money back. It's only logical that most pilots would rather spend $20,000 for a dependable 2 place such as the 150 instead of paying $100,000 for one of the new light sport aircraft.
This is actually a reduction in government red tape, hassle, cost, and unnecessary policy that any reasonable person should support. Evolving newer technologies and better training are making aviation safer and make the ancient concerns of those days obsolete. How can a person legally drive and not fly given these improvements?
General aviation needs life support. small airports arediying. Many people arenot flying or not learning to fly because of minor ohysical problems. Light Sport license is so restrictive ane extreamly expensive it is not worth considering. 1320 pound weight limit only benifits the European market.150.000 dollars for anew glorified ultralight is excessive. If apilot fails a medical for any reason, they can never fly Light Sport.