Alphabet groups are fighting another attempt to require background checks for anyone seeking flight training.
The New York State Senate recently passed House Bill A02122, which was first proposed in January 2005. The bill is similar to one proposed in late 2003, which was rejected because federal law supersedes it.
“The federal law does not require criminal background checks prior to flight training,” declares Randy Hansen, government relations director for the Experimental Aircraft Association. “National security issues are handled by national security agencies.”
State lawmakers claim a criminal background check is necessary in the post-Sept. 11 environment. If signed into law, the bill also would establish when an applicant could be disqualified from receiving flight instruction.
Aviation lobbying groups are urging their members, especially those in New York, to contact their legislators opposing the bill.