3rd Class Medical Final Rule Issued

The FAA has released the final rule on third-class medical reform which will take effect on May 1, 2017and the EAA issued a statement:

Years of effort by EAA and AOPA culminated on Tuesday morning as the FAA announced regulations that will implement the aeromedical reform law passed last July. The regulations will be published Wednesday as a final rule, to take effect May 1, 2017. According to the FAA, no changes have been made to the language in the law. Continue reading "3rd Class Medical Final Rule Issued"

Sebring Pilot benefits: 2nd and 3rd Class Medical Exams To Be Offered

Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will be performing 2nd and 3rd class medical exams on-site at the Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring Airport is thrilled to have this option through HRMC for all pilots. Computers will be on hand to enable pilots the ability to fill out online forms for the FAA to complete this important process. A sign-up forms on sportaviationexpo.com is available for pilots to in advance, pay and reserve a time slot at the event.

Another Step Forward for EAA/AOPA Effort: House Passes Aeromedical Reform

Seal_of_the_United_States_House_of_RepresentativesPart of FAA funding extension that heads to Senate vote this week

The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that extends funding for the FAA through September 2017 and--in an another step forward for a long-awaited breakthrough--included language to reform the current third-class medical certification system.

The legislation, the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), passed on a voice vote in the House. It now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected this week that would move the bill to the president for his signature before the current FAA funding extension expires on Friday. The aeromedical reform language in the bill has already passed the Senate three times in various measures since last December. Continue reading "Another Step Forward for EAA/AOPA Effort: House Passes Aeromedical Reform"

EAA and AOPA Statement on Third Class Medical Reform, Proposed FAA Extension

eaa-aopa-faa-logoThe Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released the following statements after the announcement that Congress will include third class medical reform in proposed FAA extension legislation.

"This has been slow, painstaking work, but important work, as EAA members have told us this is the top legislative priority," said EAA CEO/Chairman Jack J. Pelton, who has been part of the EAA team working the issue with congressional leaders. "As we mentioned often since the beginning of this effort, bringing change through legislation is not quick or easy. EAA and AOPA have fought every day to overcome significant hurdles in Congress and will continue to do so until aeromedical reform is signed into law. The medical reform proposed in the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 is a major step forward in changing the landscape of medical certification for recreational and personal flying. It provides relief for pilots while maintaining safety – and in some cases, enhancing it." Continue reading "EAA and AOPA Statement on Third Class Medical Reform, Proposed FAA Extension"

Back in the Saddle

crutchTwo weeks is a long time for me to go without flying. It doesn't happen very often - even most of the time when I go on trips or vacation - I'm flying. But every once in awhile, forces conspire to keep me out of the cockpit - for instance a couple of weeks ago, I had a rapid, unscheduled dismount off of my mountain bike while coming down a steep, rocky road. Well, more of a ravine actually - calling it a road would be insulting people that build roads. Anyway - one iliac crest contusion later, I spent a couple of weeks barely walking, much less climbing in to a cockpit. So I decertified myself - so to speak. Continue reading "Back in the Saddle"


The normobaric chamber simulates the O2 partial pressure at an elevation of over 29,000 feet asl.
The normobaric chamber simulates the O2 partial pressure at an elevation of over 29,000 feet asl.

The FAA Aviation Physiology group came to AirVenture with a very cool new "experiential" teaching device---a normobaric hypoxia training chamber. Every half-hour from 9 to 5 through the end of Oshkosh, the team will put up to five licensed pilots with a current Class III medical certificate or higher and 18 years of age or older through an abbreviated form of their high altitude training in their PROTE (portable reduced oxygen training enclosure). Although designed mostly for recurrent training, the FAA staff told me that most pilots this week, including me, have had their first hypoxia training experience here at AirVenture. Continue reading "Hypoxia"