WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three members of the U.S. Senate introduced a bill Tuesday, March 11, which mirrors one introduced in the House of Representatives last December, which would eliminate the medical requirement for non-commercial pilots flying day VFR below 14,000 feet in aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds and carrying no more than six people.
Senators who introduced the bill are: John Boozman (R-Ark.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). They are members of the Senate GA Caucus. The House bill now has 52 co-sponsors.
Boozman said, “thousand of pilots have asked the FAA to expand the light-sport aircraft medical exemption to cover additional small aircraft.”
If the FAA continues to delay, he added, this bill will start the discussion toward a legislative solution.
With passage of the legislation, pilots will continue to assess their fitness to fly and undergo regular flight reviews with a flight instructor, said Jim Coon, AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
“It is good news to see this bill introduced in the Senate,” said Dick Knapinsky of EAA. This might make the FAA move faster, he added.
Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind), who introduced the bill in the House, expressed his thanks to the Senators for introducing the Senate version of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act.
“I look forward to working with them to pass this bill in both chambers to spur job growth in the GA industry,” he said.