While I'm thankful that third class medical reform has passed, I currently have a special issuance medical that the FAA has been reviewing for several months. This go around, they requested additional documentation further delaying the process.
I'm currently a private pilot. However, the aircraft I fly meets the requirements to be able to be flown by a recreational pilot. Looking at FAR 61.96, it doesn't look like I can "downgrade" my certificate with an additional recreational pilot rating per:
§ 61.96 Applicability and eligibility requirements: General.
(b) To be eligible for a recreational pilot certificate, a person who applies >for that certificate must:
(1) Be at least 17 years of age;
(2) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the >applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, >then the Administrator may place such operating limitations on that applicant's >pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft;>
(3) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who -
(i) Conducted the training or reviewed the applicant's home study on the >aeronautical knowledge areas listed in § 61.97(b) of this part that apply to >the aircraft category and class rating sought; and
(ii) Certified that the applicant is prepared for the required knowledge test.
(4) Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed >in § 61.97(b) of this part;
(5) Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized >instructor who -
(i) Conducted the training on the areas of operation listed in § 61.98(b) of >this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and
(ii) Certified that the applicant is prepared for the required practical test.
(6) Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of § 61.99 of this part that >apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the >practical test;
(7) Pass the practical test on the areas of operation listed in § 61.98(b) that >apply to the aircraft category and class rating;
(8) Comply with the sections of this part that apply to the aircraft category >and class rating; and
(9) Hold either a student pilot certificate or sport pilot certificate.
Specifically (9). Is there a way I can exercise the privileges of a recreational pilot? I'm willing to take another knowledge test / checkride. Thanks!