Elimination of Class 3 Medical?
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Christopher Hart
and others have expressed concerns about ending the Federal Aviation
Administration’s Class 3 medical certification requirement.
Hart's comments were
issued during House testimony about the proposed bill which could eliminate
this general aviation medical requirement.
NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said, “We’re very concerned about pilots
flying without adequate medical standards.”
Democratic Representative Gerald E. Connolly stated: “I cannot believe that
that [Rokita-Graves legislation] could come to any good.”
The NTSB Acting chairman also stated: "...we are very concerned about not only
not having to have a medical, but then in addition to that, if you don’t have
a medical, you’re less likely to pay attention to the FAA’s list of prohibited
drugs” as well as illegal drugs.
In a July 31, 2014 press release issued by the NTSB, Chairman Hart announced
that NTSB investigators are completing work on a safety study concerning drug
use trends in aviation.
"In aviation, our investigators sometimes see evidence of drug use by pilots
involved in accidents. So we decided it was time to look at this issue more in
depth." Hart's comments were made during testimony before the House
Subcommittee on Government Operations. The meeting focused on the federal government's response to marijuana legalization as
it pertains to transportation policy. "In September we will meet to discuss
drug use in aviation by examining toxicology testing results conducted on
fatally injured pilots."
The safety report is expected to be completed in September and will be
considered during an NTSB public meeting.
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