Lawyer Group Blasts Hoover Law

 - October 3, 2007, 5:27 AM

The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be totally ineffective, according to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Legislation enacted in April last year gives pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hr of an emergency revocation of their certificate. Such a review was not permitted previously. If the NTSB decides the revocation was not justified, the certificate is reinstated. The legislation is called the Hoover Bill because of airshow performer Bob Hoover’s three-year battle against emergency revocation authority. The LPBA said that all of the more than 50 requests for review so far have been denied or dismissed, based principally on “unfair interim rules adopted by the NTSB that make it virtually impossible [for a certificate holder] to prevail.” The LBPA hopes that the final rules, when adopted by the NTSB, “will provide for the meaningful review Congress intended in enacting the Hoover Law.”