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Question :
While taking flying lessons in a Cessna 150, I took the class 3 medical exam and failed. I now want to fly LSA. Will it be possible to fly LSA with a valid driver's license after denial of class 3 medical exam? Will the FAA change its regulation on such a circumstance?
 
Answer :
No sorry, the FAA will not let you use a driver's license to meet medical eligibility to fly as a sport pilot since your last medical was denied. The EAA has asked the FAA to change this policy and the FAA has rejected change. You will need to have a medical issued thru the special issuance process. After this you could use a driver's license to meet medical eligibility.

The Federal Air Surgeon has said:

To clarify that, if your most recent records on file with the FAA indicate that you were found ineligible to exercise airman privileges for medical reasons then, in the interest of public safety, you shouldn’t go out right away and use your driver’s license as medical qualification.

We understand that these conditions may not have been expected and may disappoint some people. That was not our intent, nor is it our intent that affected persons would have to maintain an airman medical certificate if they would rather use their current and valid U.S. driver’s license to medically qualify as a sport pilot.

We ultimately concluded that, in those cases where the FAA has existing knowledge of medical ineligibility, we need the affected person to address it and, hopefully have it resolved. To meet the intent of the rule, the affected person should apply for reconsideration of their eligibility. In some denial cases, applicants simply may not have provided enough information to the FAA or may not have supplied information that the FAA may have requested. In certain other denial cases, applicants may not have exercised their appeal rights, which could have led to certification in some cases.


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