gregpro - I think everyone is hopeful that the legislation (even as currently written) will actually bring relief for S.I. candidates. The only reason I supported (by calling, writing and sharing the topic at every turn) it, is that some of my closer friends are S.I. people whom I'd like to see able to fly again, possibly before they turn 109 years old. I also believe that medical certificates issued currently are worthless and nothing but a panicked, self-induced limiter we may have needed in the 50's, when everyone thought to be a pilot. A momentary snapshot of a persons health, useless and worthless before the ink on the certificate is dry. Back then it may have deterred some walking time-bombs from warming the sheepskin, but today it seems to be just another stumbling stone for many experienced pilots. Its not the lack of medical capacity, that prevents youngsters from starting to fly. Medicals are a regulatory dinosaur in my eyes. Even AME's laugh about their purpose and effect on "safety".
As stated on the other site and on my own, I always wonder whats behind certain changes to bills, experience shows that usually nothing good is going on behind the curtain. FAA is taking notes from EASA on Psych Evaluations and eventually we will loose national sovereignty on determining medical certification procedures. Globalization-effects.
I also think that the FAA has no intention of leaving the sport pilot situation as easy as it is. No, there is no language indicating that (just a hunch), so I can't refer to any "document". The reason I am paranoid about unintended consequences is, that whatever you can imagine in terms of idiocy, is likely already being worked on.
As a live example of this endless idiocy, I would like to refer to an issue that has been plaguing seaplane pilots for close to a decade. Invasive species. Quickly picked up as a convenient topic to act progressively and proactively upon, seaplane pilots (along with boaters) were quick to adopt measures to mitigate the issue of spreading invasive species. No other user group of navigable water has been more proactive and cooperative in trying to avoid this stuff, knowing full well that initial infestation source and cause remain a big question sign. Heck, they even made videos, pamphlets and online courses, including a little certificate for people to print. I failed the course (jokingly), because I refused to pressure wash or drown my dog in Clorox.
Over time it became often repeated doctrine to refer to seaplanes as "causative" or "conductive" to transporting invasive species. Discrimination, based on affiliation.
In Connecticut, a mayor recently stated the following and remained completely unchallenged. There should have been a roar going through our industry, but reaction was about as interesting as calling to yet another puzzle afternoon at the nursing home. "yeah... sum bum will look into it, blah blah". All set.
In Manitoba, Canada, new legislation recently passed, prohibiting seaplane pilots to even pump their floats into the body of water they are on. LInk: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/waterstewardship/stopais/legislation.html
You now have to have an extra container to dispose of the "contaminated" water. Everyone with half a brain must be puking and shitting bricks at the same time! Things like this traditionally spread like cancer. 2016 will be an interesting year for us, yet we sit there in stoic ignorance, defeated by our own unwillingness to work together. Instead, we'd spend half a decade to stonewall and silence inconvenient voices, rather than stopping this insanity. Corvus oculum corvi non eruit. Status Quo has something to do with it, too. The message: Don't you dare challenge the Kings and Lords, you don't belong here.
Many peeps would be well advised to acknowledge and accept that they may be 10 points away from being a Special Issuance candidate. It doesn't take much. Those who now say: "Screw it, I am flying sport, what do I care?" will have some funny faces when the FAA decides to bring Sport & New Medical Reform Private Pilots closer together. Our enemies (citizen groups, NIMBY folks, liberals) will eventually start focusing on these discrepancies. They started focusing on the noise, the lead in our gas, no flightplans, just as predicted. Eventually the question will come: "How come Joe Blow has to go see a doctor, but this guy with the Ultralight who just crashed on my property, doesn't?" Obviously, Joe Blow is safer! No proof, no concept, no reality, just a concerned citizen group, reaching out to mommy. Picture perfect radical liberalism, at work. Action will have to be taken.
Talking about this stuff is frowned upon, people don't like the topic. If anything, we should be positive about the fact that this medical reform was even possible. I never thought we'd get this much collective movement into a traditionally passive and deeply divided community of people. Maybe some of this momentum can be kept and used to try this again, one day. When you fill out a government form, there are instructions on that form that tell you how to fill it out and WHY you need to fill it out.
Until someone comes down into my trenches and explains to me WHY I should have a medical to fly a rotten 182, and how exactly my having this medical certificate increases safety, I will revolt and oppose and ask for justification. I can drive a 40 ton truck full of Hazmat all over Europe and never get my ass violated. Why the fudge would someone want to stick something up my ass to determine my ability to fly, when a 300 pound Mall Whale can drive her five offspring around in a 8000 pound SUV, going at equal speed without a hurting anus...
Excuuuse me... Equality goes both ways.