Support the EAA/AOPA intiative: Third Class Medical Legislation




Dear EAA Member,

It is time for you to act in support of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA). Send a customizable message with our Rally Congress tool, or you can write, call, or email your Congressional delegation today and ask for their co-sponsorship and support. This legislation would apply medical certification standards similar to the decade-old and successful Sport Pilot rule to most general aviation aircraft when flown for personal flights under visual flight rules at or below 14,000 feet MSL and under 250 knots. The bill is designated S. 2103 in the Senate and H.R. 3708 in the House of Representatives, introduced by Senator John Boozman and Representative Todd Rokita, respectively.

I do not need to tell you how important reforming the third-class medical is to the future of general aviation. Every year countless pilots leave our industry – and potential students are discouraged from joining – simply due to the time, expense, and hassle involved in proving they are healthy enough to fly as a private pilot. Not only does this unduly burden pilots who simply want to fly for their own enjoyment or personal travel, it burdens the FAA medical certification system. This costs taxpayer dollars and strains a system that professional pilots rely upon for prompt service to maintain their livelihoods.

When EAA and AOPA filed an exemption request for relief from the third-class medical for many private pilots, the community supported us with over 16,000 comments. We are counting on you to make your voice heard again. Let’s tell Congress that this bill is a common sense measure that will cut over-reaching regulation and support jobs in every district. Thank you for your support of this critical issue.


Jack J. Pelton
EAA Chairman of the Board