Senator James Inhofe’s Pilot’s Bill of Rights has just passed the Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives for consideration. This important piece of legislation includes improvements to our current system of NOTAMs as well as an overhaul of the FAA medical review process. Most notably Senator Inhofs Bill protects pilots’ rights by overhauling the process by which the FAA prosecutes pilots for FAR violations and the procedure by which the NTSB hears appeals from the FAA actions against pilots. The Bill requires the FAA to inform pilots of their basic rights before statements are taken and requires the NTSB to adhere to the same procedural safeguards that are afforded to litigants in regular courts.
We will continue to monitor the status of this legislation and will update you on its progress.