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Some important dates are approaching and both pilots and AME’s need to be aware. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and challenges accessing medical care, the FAA has modified the standard medical certification process.

Within the larger FAA COVID-related regulatory relief policy, there exists a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 118-1) that applies to medical certification. This SFAR grants relief to medical certificate privileges that expire from March 31, 2020 through August 31, 2020. This extends medical certification for a maximum of three (3) additional months or until September 30, 2020, whichever occurs sooner. This means that unless this policy is extended these additional extensions will soon go away.

The entire relief policy can be found here at the Federal Register.

It remains possible that this policy will be extended past the 30 Sep 2020 date, but at the time of this writing it remains unchanged. It is advised to check the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine website for any updates to the current policy.

A brief summary of this SFAR is well described here on the FAA website.