Chris, if I understand your logic correctly in addition to eliminating all medical exam requirements we should also work to eliminate all aircraft inspection requirements? And if I decide baling wire and bubble gum are a good enough patch for a short flight in my Whiz-Bang special flivver over Manhatten, then look out below?
I beg to disagree. Some degree of regulation is required to protect public health and safety. The question we need to discuss and convince the regulators is how much regulation is required and how to enforce it.
With knowledge, I believe less regulation is a better path. I think most of the posters agree the current regulations need improvement.
I will confess that I do not have a ton of statistical analysis to back up my intuition that a smaller vehicle has a lower safety rist than a larger vehicle. Under average crash conditions, a Yugo will intuitively cause less damage than an 18 wheeler. Therefore state DMVs have somewhat stricter driver licensing requirements for large commercial vehicles than for smaller personal vehicles.
Aircraft are similar. An LSA, with smaller mass and fuel load, will normally leave a smaller crash impact than a Piper Comanche. Intuitively, under average conditions, the 1300 lb LSA will cause less damage than a 3000+ lb higher performance aircraft.
Of course, with special conditions, an LSA flying into the right building with a high combustible load can cause more damage than a 747 crashing on a dry lake bed in the middle of Nowhare, Nevada.
A bigger question is should people be completely unregulated, should we let the gov't over-regulate, do we continue to live with antiquated regulations, or should we lobby to make regulations more sensible as our knowledge and expertise increases. First three options are simple because we don't have to do anything for these conditions, but unacceptable due to the problems they can create for individuals. The last option is a tone of work, but in my opiniion are the best way to increase the usefulness and joy of flying. I am thankful for organizations like EAA, AOPA, and others working to try to make the 4th option happen inspite of the difficulties the govt and public imposes due to the lack of awareness of how flying really works.