The Pilot’s Bill of Rights, sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. Less than one month after it received unanimous approval in the Senate, the bill is now on its way to the President for his signature.
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 Inhofe’s Bill protects pilot rights by overhauling the process by which the FAA prosecutes pilots for FAR violations and the procedure by which the NTSB hears appeals from 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.