New bill pending on third-class medical for pilots

22. February, 2016 • 0 Comments

A bill is currently awaiting approval from the House that will change the FAA’s third class medical requirements. The proposed bill will affect pilots flying smaller general aviation aircraft in both VFR and IFR conditions.

If passed, the bill will require pilots who have not held a valid medical certificate in the past 10 years to obtain a third-class medical just as before. A form signed every four years by both the pilot and his or her primary physician will then replace the need for an aviation medical exam going forward. Those pilots who have carried a valid medical certificate in the past 10 years are exempt from ever needing another FAA medical exam. However, they will also be required to provide a form signed by them and their primary physician every four years. If a pilot develops a medical condition, a special medical certificate may be required and these conditions are subject to change.

It is important to remember that this bill may change the FAA rules and regulations, but insurance requirements may stay the same. With policies that carry higher liability limits or physical damage (hull) limits, insurance companies may still have a medical requirement that is more restrictive. Other factors regarding health or age may cause your insurance company to be less forgiving. As with any insurance questions, the best way to make sure that you are complying with your insurance policy requirements is to ask! We are more than happy to talk through your policy wording and make sure that you’re properly covered.

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