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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Statistics show no basis in safety for all the cost and expense to both the Gov't and the pilot, let alone the economic damage to the aviation community
The third class medical has been shown to be out dated. The sport pilot license has shown that the third class medical isn't necessary.
Based on extensive in the field experience, there is no evidence that allowing pilots flying certain aircraft to operate using a driverís license in lieu of a traditional third-class medical.will have any significant negative safety impact on aviation activities, nor will it present any significant risk to public safety, welfare or result in any significant risks to private or public property.

This legislation will a very positive effect on the aviation economy and the economy in general
I have been flying for 49 yrs and have known 100s of pilots - all of which have enough spence to ground themselves when they are not fit to fly. We don't need government to think for us. What a colossal waste of time, money and effort getting 3th class medical!
I received my private pilot's certificate in March 2006. I lost my flying privileges in April of 2007 after I suffered a serious medical condition at 19 years of age. I was denied medical recertification in spite of the fact that I can legally drive a car and motorcycle. I do not feel that the government has the right to tell me that I cannot fly airplanes. No congressman should EVER appose a bill that protects or increases freedom. Let's not forget the basis for which this country was built.
Sport Pilots have demonstrated an excellent safety record, there is no reason to continue to confine them to small two seat aircraft.
I earned my pilot's license 46 years ago. I own a Cherokee 180. My flying is all local and only in VFR conditions. I recently had heart bypass surgery. I can't afford to go through the FAA process, each year, to regain and keep my 3rd. class medical. Expanding the LSA to include airplanes like mine would give me the chance to continue to fly. I am 100% recovered from the bypass procedure. I have no other restrictions in my life. Please give me a chance to continue to spread my wings.
This bill now has 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Please ask your representative to support this legislation. The FAA's own study does not have medical issues listed in the top ten causal factors for General Aviation Mishaps. There is no reason for tens of thousands of healthy pilots losing their flight privileges.