Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner
The renewal can be done by the hIMS AME who then submits the information to the FAA. A much smoother process.
I recently qualified under the new SSRI protocol for a 1st class medical certificate. From application submission to approval took a bit over 4 months. As Dr. Forred mentions, the renewal process is designed to be much more streamlined.Anyone hear of any approvals yet?