"The standard could only be used by those flying daytime VFR in aircraft..."
Why? Wouldn't this kind of restriction force pilots to push the limits of VFR flight and increase the chance of VFR-into-IMC situations and make those who are capable of flying an approach do something else because they're not legally allowed?
"Pilots would also be restricted to carrying no more than one passenger."
If we're satisfied that self-certification works as the ecidence shows, why impose these arbitrary limits?
This makes a great deal of sense- which is why I am frightened that in typical gov't fashion it might get torpedoed. I long to build an experimental, and the big question (aside from financing) would be whether to build as experimental or as E-LSA. Having the extra gross weight rating can add a lot of fuel, baggage, increase my engine options, and keep me from having to go on the starvation diet I should go on to lose that extra 35 lbs middle age has brought me. I have no reason to think I shouldn't pass a medical, although I do wonder if there might have to be an utterly silly six month fight through bureaucracy at some point. In the real world, how much more danger will adding 150 lbs to an aircraft make, anyway? All I want is to fly daytime VFR - and to be able to use the full capacity of a two seater if I choose. If I were to build an experimental I might find myself grounded over a silly 150 lbs. Something as common sense as this proposal would go a long way to make life simpler and more fun for a lot of us, if not now certainly sometime in the future.
This is a great step in the right direction. Just imagine how many more pilots might be interesed in contuniung to fly and investing in airplanes, avioinics, upgrades etc. Might just provide some good old consumer confidence. Great move! I can't wait!
If you are going to exempt private pilots from having to take a physical, don't limit their activity or the aircraft they can fly. What are the stats on medical problems while flying at night or in a complex aircraft? I suspect they are right in line with the sport pilot numbers. Do a little more research and present all the facts.
I really see no reason why a private pilot and below should be required to have a physical, a person with a drivers license in a car can kill as many and do as much damage as someone in an airplaine/helicopter.
Placing restrictions on the license obtained through a drivers license phycical would be self defeating, and whay should it be for airplanes only why not include any aircraft that is authorized under the individuals license? I personally believe that it is just another way for the Government to control the populace, Comercial and above I believe they should be required a physical as are the Commercial Drivers.
Just my two bits worth.