The FAA today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking containing proposed revisions to 14 CFR Part 61 that would extend the duration of 1st and 3rd class medical certificates for airmen under 40 years of age. In addition to other technical amendments, the FAA proposes to amend 14 FAR 61.23(d) to extend the duration of first- and third-class medical certificates for individuals under the age of 40 by increasing the duration of validity from 6 months to 1 year on first-class medical certificates and from 36 months to 60 months on third-class medical certificates. According to the FAA, “this would reflect the FAA’s assessment of the current, appropriate interval for younger airmen” and “[i]t also would decrease routine workflow thereby allowing the FAA to focus on the most safety-critical certification cases and provide more efficient service to other applicants waiting to be processed.”
Comments to the NPRM are due on or before June 11, 2007. If you would like further information regarding the NPRM, you may contact Judi Citrenbaum, Office of the Federal Air Surgeon, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-9689; e-mail: Judi.M.Citrenbaum@faa.gov.