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Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:28 pm

AVWEB : - http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Me ... 533-1.html

The FAA will get a 14-month funding extension that includes third-class medical reform as part of joint approvals announced Wednesday by House and Senate transportation committees. The extension (PDF) would take effect when the FAA’s current authorization expires on July 15 and continue through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2017. Medical reform, which would permanently remove the private-pilot medical for those flying light aircraft, has been passed multiple times by the Senate as part of other legislation. The announcement indicates there will be bicameral support for the funding extension, giving GA organizations confidence that the change will make it to President Obama’s desk for signing before Congress adjourns next week. As worded, the FAA will be given one year to put the third-class medical changes into effect.

“Medical reform is long overdue and we look forward to seeing the House and Senate pass this legislation in the coming days,” AOPA President Mark Baker said. “Including third class medical reform in this package is great news for general aviation and we’re very pleased to see it moving forward as part of the FAA extension.” Jack Pelton, CEO and chairman of EAA, said, "This has been slow, painstaking work, but important work, as EAA members have told us this is the top legislative priority. 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."

Other regulations in the bill call for the FAA to develop tighter monitoring of unmanned aircraft systems breaching airspace and other safety-sensitive sites, as well as up to $20,000 in penalties for drone users who interfere with emergency response operations such as wildfire fighting. There also are provisions addressing issues arising from two high-profile airline crashes. The FAA would enhance mental health screening for pilots undergoing first- and second-class medical exams, as had been discussed following the 2015 Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in France. The agency also would be required to review its guidance on flight crew training for cockpit automation and manual flying skills, following the 2013 crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 in San Francisco.
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:40 pm

The previous post is written in larger TEXT for some of those pilots that are getting back in the air and have a little trouble seeing up close but can see just fine out a windshield. You know the same folks that you are passing at a closing speed of 120 mph on a two lane highway within two feet of each other.

Even better news yet, if you are not getting a first or second class medical you don't have to be sane. :monkey:

By-The-Way, being a participant in seaplaneform.com disqualifies you for a first or second class medical. :headbang: :trying:

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:48 pm

Well a one year extension will not help me. Right now even LSA is out of the question and in a year I will not have held a regular FAA medical in the past 10 years unless they use the expiration date and not the issuance date.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:41 am

My Congressmen just texted me that this passed the House last night?

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:03 pm

General-aviation advocates are confident that medical reform will be a reality soon, after the House last night passed an FAA funding bill that includes changes to the medical certification system for pilots. The Senate is expected to okay the bill later this week, and send it to President Obama for final approval. “This is a major step forward and makes us more optimistic that our efforts can finally reach the finish line,” EAA chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement released late last night. “While there are still some steps remaining, this is absolutely the farthest advance for aeromedical reform in a quarter century of efforts.” Provisions in the bill would eliminate the need for recurrent medical exams for most general-aviation pilots.

“The money and time that pilots and the federal government put into the third-class medical process can now be invested in programs and activities that actually make aviation safer,” AOPA President Mark Baker said last night. After the president signs the bill into law, the FAA will have up to one year to develop and issue regulations before the third-class medical provisions become effective. But the 10-year reachback that will allow many pilots to fly without needing another FAA medical exam will take effect when the bill is signed by the president, AOPA said. In addition to medical reforms, the legislation requires the FAA to develop regulations for marking towers between 50 and 200 feet tall.


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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:01 pm

Hope this is right Klaus. Thanks for posting. If they pass it by September of next year, I am OK if I get a couple of medical issues cleared up.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KeithSmith » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:30 pm

When I see things like this I often have to reflect on the impact of population size on legislation. Just imagine if vehicle drivers had the same set of rules as pilots:

12 inch high numbers painted on both sides of the vehicle.

A driving skills test every 24 months.

A periodic physical examination on a recurring basis.

........ or my favorite ........ actually not letting someone with multiple DUI's back on the road (it only takes one DUI to keep a pilot out of the air).


If there were as many pilots as there are drivers, the laws would be a lot different.
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:38 am

Who knows, after November, that may just be coming! :elephant:
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:05 pm

Just passed in the Senate, off to Obami

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:00 pm

I thought that it HAD been passed in the Senate some time ago and was just passed in the House. Though what I found on line said it was passed, but not signed yet.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:43 am

Update to the update..... AvWeb - http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Se ... 558-1.html

Third-class medical reform is on its way to becoming law after the Senate voted this afternoon to approve the measure as part of a short-term funding bill for the FAA. The legislation, which won House approval on Monday, is expected to be be signed by President Obama before the FAA’s current authorization expires on Friday. Many pilots who have had third-class medicals issued within the past 10 years of the bill's signing will not need another exam by an aviation medical examiner. However, the FAA will have up to a year to develop and finalize the new regulations, which will require at least a valid driver's license and a doctor's checkup every 48 months for eligible pilots.

Another requirement in lieu of a third-class medical is completing an aeromedical education course every two years. The reforms are for pilots who have never had their medicals denied or revoked. Those eligible to be exempt from future medical certification will be able to fly privately in aircraft with up to six seats and a maximum takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds. Flights can be VFR or IFR, but must be no higher than 18,000 feet with maximum indicated airspeeds of 250 knots. Pilots flying with third-class medicals with special issuances also would not have to be re-certified, unless they develop a medical condition requiring a new special issuance. Those who have never had a medical must still get one-time certification from an AME to fly under the specified conditions.

“This is the most significant legislative victory for general aviation in decades,” AOPA President Mark Baker said. “These reforms will provide relief to hundreds of thousands of pilots from an outdated, costly, and unnecessarily burdensome system. This legislation will strengthen the private pilot-private physician relationship and improve awareness of medical issues throughout our community. It will help pilots save time, money, and frustration.” AOPA explains some details of the reforms on its Web site.

The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which funds the agency through September 2017, also includes a variety of safety measures including tighter enforcement of unmanned aerial systems and tougher penalties for laser-pointing at aircraft. The FAA also must develop regulations for marking standalone towers between 50 and 200 feet tall located in rural or agricultural areas. The regulations would target meteorological evaluation towers, which can be marked voluntarily, under current FAA policy.


......and yes, this bill has passed the Senate a number of times :roll:
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:04 am

That must be what I was thinking Klaus. Thanks. Maybe there is hope for me flying again yet.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:59 pm

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Third-class medical reform was signed into law today after Congress approved the changes earlier this week as part of the FAA’s short-term authorization bill. GA organizations including EAA and AOPA have updated their outreach efforts to explain the upcoming changes, which aren't expected to take effect for a year to give the FAA time to finalize the new regulations. “It’s important to celebrate this moment, which has been a long time coming and resulted from an incredible amount of work over the past five years,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman. “This win is for everyone who loves recreational flight.” The legislation’s author, Sen. Jim Inhofe, will speak on the issue on Saturday, July 30 at the AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Regardless of when the FAA puts the new rules into effect, today’s signing means that many pilots who have had valid medicals at any time in the last ten years might not have to be re-certified to fly many aircraft weighing under 6,000 pounds. Exceptions include those who develop new medical conditions requiring a special issuance, for which a one-time medical would be required. “It has taken years of commitment and hard work to make these reforms a reality,” said Mark Baker, AOPA president. “AOPA and EAA started the current reform effort back in 2012 when we petitioned the FAA for a medical exemption but the terms of that petition were much more limited than what pilots will get under the new reform law. This is something our entire community can get excited about.”

Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs, told AVweb on Friday that ongoing discussions with lawmakers over the last few years, and some compromises such as the 10-year window for medical exemptions, helped get the reforms passed. “It was a negotiated number that everybody felt comfortable with, and it just made a lot of sense to people,” Coon said. The new changes signed into law were proposed after unsurmountable opposition in Congress to expanding the sport-pilot rule to private pilots, which would have replaced third-class medicals with driver’s licenses and self-certification. Now, the rulemaking process is in the FAA’s hands, Coon said. “I’m hopeful that at some point they’ll come out and give industry and pilots the ability to comment and help them formulate those rules and then we’ll go from there.”


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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:01 pm

Now it's in the FAA's hands......... :roll:
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:16 pm

Sam knows what she's talking about..... just take her word for it.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:12 am

Thanks for Posting Klaus,

Now hopefully our president will sign this as he is indicated that he will and the actual final details have to be DEVELOPED and released. It will be interesting to see just how long the FAA drag their feet within the 1 year period they are allowed to take up to, to make this happen.

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby jjbaker » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:09 pm

What exactly was Sam talking about again? Been watching this video six times and I still can't figure out what the topic is.

Something about airplanes?

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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby KlausNW » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:16 pm

You didn't hear what Sam said....

The president did sign it and the rules are in the FAA hands now, for it's 'one year' processing. By July 15th 2017 the rules are to be in place.

You know like the FAA Part 23 regulations 'one year' rewrite :?: :?
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Re: Medical Reform Bill Update

Unread postby RKittine » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:13 pm

Has he actually signed it? The AOPA link that said he did is down. The video says it is on his desk and it SHOULD BE signed by the time the video airs. In any case it is a positive start Finally1

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