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September 2016 Issue

Pilot Medical Reform: Still Many Questions

While legislation to reform the Third Class medical is detailed and specific, some are worried that the FAA still has wiggle room in issuing final rules.

Officially called the Third Class Medical Reform and General Aviation Pilot Protections, the bill finally oozed through Congress as part of a continuing resolution to fund the FAA. That improved its chances of passage, but it also required dropping some provisions that would have essentially all but eliminated any kind of medical certification for pilots who now require a Third Class medical. President Obama signed the measure into law on July 15, which sets the clock ticking on a 10-year look back on medical eligibility.

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