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January 15, 1927


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Washington, D. C. Medical Director, Air Regulations Division.

JAMA. 1927;88(3):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290052028

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To the Editor:  —The Air Commerce Act of 1926 provides for the control of civilian aeronautics by the Department of Commerce. All interstate flying, and to a certain extent intrastate flying, will be subject to the jurisdiction of this department. The regulations recently issued by the department provide for three types of pilot: the transport pilot will carry passengers, the industrial pilot will carry mail and freight, and engage in other industrial activities, and all others will be classed as private pilots. Provision has been made for the licensing of all three classes, and, as a prerequisite to license, a physical examination is necessary. This physical examination will be of three kinds, adapted to the class of flying to be indulged in by the three types of pilots.The examination is somewhat technical, and therefore only those physicians who are certified as qualified by the Secretary of Commerce will be

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