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Briefing December 2010 Issue

Briefing: December 2010

A New Effort to Ditch Medical Certificates

David Wartofsky, the owner of Potomac Airfield, near Washington, D.C., is petitioning the FAA to do away with the requirement for third-class medicals. He suggests the FARs should be changed to require all pilots to have a valid driver’s license, but no medical requirement for piloting an aircraft less than 6,000 pounds max gross weight. “People are in more danger from passing vehicles on the road than small aircraft passing overhead,” says Wartofsky, and adds that liability insurance premiums for small private aircraft versus automobiles support his claim. You can read his full petition at

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