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By Joe Kildea

The FAA has announced the next step as it moves forward with third class medical reform. A final rule is expected sometime in January 2017, but the implementation date, when pilots will be able to fly under the new regulations, is not known at this time.

“We have been fighting for third class medical reform for decades and we are pleased to see the FAA is moving forward,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “When finally implemented, pilots will have a streamlined process focused on education that will save them money and reduce the costly and unnecessary bureaucracy.”

AOPA is working with the FAA to develop a free online medical course and other resources for pilots and doctors to ensure the reforms are smoothly implemented.

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