Please Support Senator Inhofe's Pilot Bill of Rights
Dear Senator Blumenthal and Senator Lieberman:
As you may know Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) is sponsoring Senate Bill S.1335, "A Pilot's Bill Of Rights". We the undersigned concerned Pilots, Airmen and Aviators of Connecticut urge you to join S.1335 as Co-Sponsors showing your formal support for this important legislation.
Senator Inhofe outlined his Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation, S. 1335, on the Senate floor July 5, invoking lawmakers’ responsibility to “prevent agency overreach.”
The FAA would face new requirements to advise a pilot subject to an enforcement action of the reason for the investigation, and to inform the pilot that the pilot could decline to respond without penalty. The pilot would be given all investigative reports, recordings with air traffic control or other relevant information 30 days before enforcement action could proceed, giving the pilot “all the information that other people have.”
The bill will clarify the "statutory deference" afforded the FAA by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) when considering appeals of FAA enforcement rulings. Senator Inhofe cites statistics indicating that the NTSB rubber stamps FAA decisions. Another provision of the bill would allow pilots the option of bringing appeals in federal district court.
The bill would create an advisory panel to address the dilemma for pilots created by regulations that require a pilot to have all notams for a flight and a notam system that does not post all required notams. Another advisory board would address medical certification, “long known for a multitude of problems.”
Currently 40 other Senators have joined Senator Inhofe in supporting this bill.
We urge you to do the same.
Pilots, Airmen, and Aviators of Connecticut.