WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots will get better notices to airmen (NOTAMs) and more equitable treatment from the FAA during any enforcement actions against them as a result of passage of a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), which was passed June 29 by the Senate and sent to the House, where similar legislation had been introduced.
Within 180 days after passage of the legislation and signing by the president, the FAA shall begin a program to improve information to airmen with pertinent and timely information about the airspace system. The aim is to decrease the overwhelming number of NOTAMS now put out by the FAA and provide more pertinent and timely information relative to a pilot’s specific route. The FAA must also establish a panel comprised from representatives of general aviation non-profit and not-for-profit GA groups to advise the FAA.
Titled “Pilots’ Bill of Rights,” the legislation requires the Comptroller of the United States to assess the FAA’s medical certification process to clarify and simplify the language. It calls for reducing accusations of records falsification against pilots.
The FAA must also archive data and communications from contract towers and flight service stations and make this available to any pilot facing FAA denial or revocation of certificate. Also the National Transportation Safety Board will review FAA enforcement actions.
Inhofe called passage of the bill “a big victory for general aviation pilots across the country.” He added that the bill remedies many of the deficiencies in the relationship between general aviation pilots and the FAA and sees that pilots, like every one else, are treated in a fair and equitable manner by the justice system. The Oklahoma Senator is a long-time pilot and chair of the General Aviation Caucus in the Senate.
People who read this article also read articles on airparks, airshow, airshows, avgas, aviation fuel, aviation news, aircraft owner, avionics, buy a plane, FAA, fly-in, flying, general aviation, learn to fly, pilots, Light-Sport Aircraft, LSA, and Sport Pilot.