Kudos to Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), a member of the House General Aviation Caucus, and GA Caucus Co-Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.) who on Dec. 11 introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act. This legislation would expand the number of pilots who could fly without going through the expensive and time-consuming third-class medical certification process.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver's license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats. That includes virtually all single-engine airplanes with six or fewer seats, including Beech Bonanzas, as well as many light twins like the Piper Aztec, Beech Baron 55 and 58, and Cessna 310.
We are so excited by this development, and are proud of Rep Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who was among the bipartisan legislators who co-sponsored the bill. Stay tuned, and be prepared to contact your local legislators!