2011 will be an amazing year for General Aviation. The following is one of a series of absurd (unless they come to fruition) predictions. The quotes are manufactured (by me) and the only thing standing in the way of making these a reality is the cajones to make it so.
Bye Bye 3rd class medical
David Wartosky, owner of Potomac Airfield in Maryland, will be shocked. He’s the author of the petition that would do away with the 3rd class medical for anyone operating an aircraft 6,000 pounds or lighter. The reason David will be shocked? FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will successfully push the FAA and Congress to get rid of the 3rd class medical for anyone operating an aircraft (regardless of weight) as a private pilot, non-commercial, not-for-hire.
“Class A motor-homes weigh 15,000-30,000 pounds and are 24-40 feet in length,” said Babbitt during a made-up telephone interview just before the end of 2010. “A Pilatus PC-12 has a ramp weight of 10,495 pounds and is 47′ 3″ long. Now I’m well aware that a Pilatus covers the ground at a much higher speed than a Class A motor-home, but it does not come within 10 feet of a school bus loaded with 60 screaming 3rd graders. Why the inconsistency between private operators of a Class A motor-home and a Pilatus, or Beech Baron, or Cessna 182? It’s discrimination against pilots.”
Babbitt went on to cite many examples of the wonderful freedom we have to operate all kinds of machinery of all sizes, weights and performance without a need for a medical examination. Cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, ATVs, kayaks, surfboards and pumpkin launchers.
More predictions to come.
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