by Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New federal rules on medical certifications for pilots and related online training modules are generating an enthusiastic response from the organization representing private and recreational pilots.READ MORE: 'A Game Changer': CDC Recommends Johnson & Johnson's 1-Dose COVID Vaccine, Paving Way For Distribution To Begin
Mark Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, says the new regulations lift the requirement that private pilots over the age of 40 renew their medical certification every two years.
Baker says there’s a two-year extension to that starting May 1st.READ MORE: Irv Cross, Former Eagles Star DB And Pioneer Black Analyst, Dies At 81
And, he says, pilots will be able to go to their own physician instead of a federally-designated doctor.
Baker says online training modules also are a good fit.
“They can basically keep abreast of the changes and what’s going on in medicines, and what things they should be looking for as all of us age. But, more importantly, to go spend the time with your current physician or your personal physician. Make sure that you’re exercising and doing all the things that you’re suppposed to be doing to manage your health for all kinds of activities, including aviation,” Baker said.MORE NEWS: COVID In Philadelphia: City Easing More Restrictions Monday On Road To Recovery
Baker says pilots have been pressing the Federal Aviation Administration for the changes for years.