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AOPA launches new effort to gain driver's license medical for recreational pilot
Posted on Sunday, January 19 @ 15:28:15 CST by Caroline
Jan. 16 AOPA today hand-delivered to FAA a request for an exemption that would permit AOPA members exercising student or recreational pilot privileges to use a valid driver's license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate. The exemption would be valid for two years, and during that period AOPA and FAA would collect new data to validate previous AOPA studies showing that a "driver's license medical" would not affect safety. "AOPA has been working since 1985 to reduce the medical requirements for pilots," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Our ultimate goal is still no medical certificate for recreational pilots. This exemption would be an interim step towards that goal. And AOPA has the resources to collect and analyze an irrefutable mountain of data to prove that a driver's license medical is the right thing to do." More...

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