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Going Direct: The Blessed Insanity Of The New Medical Rules

The passage into law of the 3rd class pilot medical certification just last week as I write has changed the way hundreds of thousands of pilots will get their medicals. It’s a fundamental change in regulations for private aviation that I’ve been pushing for these past 20 years, and it’s finally here. Victory for the good guys, with props to EAA and AOPA for getting behind it with their own years-long lobbying efforts. Your membership dollars at work. Hooray.

The reaction in the industry has been one of unreserved optimism, with few exceptions—thank goodness for the few curmudgeons still taking a skeptical view of aviation’s evolution. I guess, in this case, I’m one of them.

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