WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aviation groups are applauding U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) for introducing the “Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2,” which would further protect and promote general aviation activities in the U.S. Sen. Inhofe, a longtime aviator and EAA member, unveiled draft legislation June 30, 2014 to build on the foundation established in 2012 when his initial “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” was signed into law. The new proposal would specifically address such issues as pilot medical certification reform, unannounced searches of private aircraft by federal authorities, simplified processes for certifying and installing safety-enhancing equipment on general aviation aircraft, and numerous protections and due process improvements for pilots, aircraft owners and other FAA certificate holders who find themselves subject to an FAA enforcement action. Sen. Inhofe is releasing his draft bill for review and comment by the aviation community prior to introducing a final bill after the summer recess.
“The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2” will continue and expand on the improvements that were accomplished just two years ago with the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights.
EAA was among leading GA organizations that helped Sen. Inhofe and his staff identify key issues to be addressed in the new bill, and refine legal language and interpretations in the legislation.
At press time, Sen. Inhofe was scheduled to host an update briefing on the proposed legislation during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.