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FAA extends comment period on changes to medical certificates


Pilots now have until Sept. 14 to send in their comments on an exemption for the third-class medical certificate for certain pilots and aircraft. The extension comes after the agency collected 14,000 comments ahead of the initial July 2 deadline. The changes, favored by AOPA and EAA, would let private pilots use just their drivers license instead of having to get a third-class medical, as long as they took an online refresher course on medical problems for pilots. The exemption would only apply to aircraft with four or fewer seats and an engine of 180 horsepower or less. And pilots who take advantage of the proposed rule change would be limited to day VFR flight. AOPA estimates that 39,000 pilots would take advantage of the easier medical self-certification process each year, and that more than 100,000 single-engine piston planes could be flown if the rule is changed.