Fri, Jul 25, 2008
Changes Apply For Pilots Under 40
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association applauds a change in FAA rules regarding medical
certificates, which appears to acknowledge the nigh-infinitesimal
role played by pilot incapacitation in accidents.
The new rule took effect Thursday. Pilots under 40, who were
previously required to get a third-class medical renewed every 36
months, now have 60 calendar months, or five years. First-class
medicals now last 12 calendar months, up from six months.
This means that some pilots under 40 who'd let their medicals
lapse will find themselves suddenly eligible again to act as
pilots-in-command. Younger pilots who got their last first-class
medicals between six and 12 calendar months ago will find them back
in effect. If the exam was between 12 and 60 months ago, the
first-class automatically reverts to a third-class.
There is no change for pilots over 40.
Organization president Phil Boyer welcomed the news. "AOPA
supported the FAA’s move that makes it easier and more
affordable for younger pilots to fly," he said.
AOPA says its medical certification staff handles about 20,000
pilot medical inquiries each year, and has been able to advance and
streamline the medical certification process for pilots.
More detailed information on the rule change, and help available
from AOPA, can be found at the FMI link below.
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