The end of 3rd-class medical certificates?
Via AVWeb , the FAA has announced a proposed rulemaking that would eliminate the 3rd class medical requirement for most small-plane pilots : The FAA on April 2 announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots eligible to fly without the need for a third-class medical certificate.
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#1 Apr 10, 2014
How about keeping the 3rd class but authorizing the AME to apply reasonable restrictions instead of denials.
For example, an applicant has had a stent, few cases of angina and the typical shortness of breath. Why not a functional stress test with oxyen. If passed, O2 would be required at a reasonably lower altitude.
For another, an applicant suffers from tinnitus, but with hearng amplification can accurately make out a recorded ATC communication. A restriction could be on the license or physcal that hearing amplification of "X" dB be required.
If diabetic Type II, that prescribed meds be taken and blood sugar test of an acceptable level be logged before the flight.
We have been doing this sort of thing for decades for visual acuity. Treatments have improved; we're not flying combat or common carrier afterall!
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