UPDATE ON BALLOON MEDICAL REGULATIONS

Below is some insight on the upcoming medical regulations for balloons and timeline for implementation.

 

From

FAA

To

NTSB

Date

05/06/2021

Type

Official Correspondence

Response

-From Steve Dickson, Administrator: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to agree with the Board that balloon pilots exercising their commercial privileges while transporting passengers should be required to obtain a second class medical certificate when transporting passengers for compensation or hire. We also acknowledge language written in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, published on October 5, 2018, which includes the Commercial Balloon Pilot Safety Act of 2018 mandate. This mandate requires that Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations § 61.3(c), Medical Certificate, be revised to apply to an operator of an air balloon to the same extent such regulations apply to a pilot or flight crewmember of other aircraft. The FAA is actively engaged in rulemaking to satisfy the language in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. In our letter dated March 30, 2020, we Stated that the Medical Certification Standards for Commercial Balloon Operations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would be published by June 2020. Due to other rulemaking priorities and associated resource constraints, we now expect to publish the NPRM in Calendar Year 2021. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA’s progress on this recommendation and anticipate providing an update by May 31, 2022.

 

We will keep an eye out for the NPRM expected soon!