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sopdan

Well-Known Member
Thought I'd throw this out there as I hadn't heard of this new ICAO requirement until I saw it in an ALPA email. I'm glad the FAA let's us all know about these kinds of things in a widely distributed fashion. :whatever:

Attention SIA Letter Holders—New Requirement Following an ICAO audit of FAA practices as part of the harmonization efforts among the world aviation authorities, the FAA amended 14 CFR 67.401 (Special Issuance of Medical Certificates) in July 2008. Paragraph (j) now states that for a pilot who holds a special issuance authorization (SIA) letter, that letter “must be in that person’s physical possession or readily accessible in the aircraft.”

What does this mean to the thousands of pilots currently holding special issuances? The rule was implemented primarily to comply with ICAO standards. Pilots flying outside the United States may see stricter enforcement of the regulation by non-U.S. aviation officials. Pilots flying in the United States may be asked to produce their SIA letter (in addition to their current medical certificate and any Statement of Demonstrated Ability they hold) for an inspector, although this procedure historically has not been required.


Although FAA medical certificates do not include any diagnoses, the SIA letter lists in the first paragraph the specific diagnoses for which the airman does not meet certification standards, consequently raising privacy concerns. Although the policy was implemented by Flight Standards, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine shares these privacy concerns regarding this policy.
 

Bandit_Driver

Gold Member
I feel your frustration. I have a SIA and glad I found this out from one of my ALPA buddies. You think the FAA would have included that change on the SIA they just sent me.
 

My Flight Surgeon

Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
I have seen the requirement in the last 4 Special Issuance Authorizations I have seen. The red flag on the medical is usually the NOT VALID FOR ANY CLASS AFTER XX DATE which trips the inspector to ask more questions.
 

Bandit_Driver

Gold Member
I still find it odd that I have had a first class medical for all these years and have been submitting the extra forms to the feds for my disqualifying condition and didn't have a SIA until this year. Have the feds and AME's been wrong all these years? or did the legenthing of the medical durations dicatate that I now need a SIA?
 

My Flight Surgeon

Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
I do not know. I have had some guys who have reported a condition for years and suddenly the FAA wants more info. I think they are screening the forms more thoroughly since they are all submitted electronically now.
 
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