Senator Inhofe Outlines New Pilot’s Bill of Rights

 - July 1, 2014, 1:30 PM

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has released a draft of a new Pilot’s Bill of Rights. “The goal of Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 is to continue addressing unfair practices and regulations toward the aviation industry,” Inhofe said.

Among the issues that the bill seeks to change are expanding the LSA third-class medical exemption to cover pilots flying small general aviation aircraft; requiring Customs and Border Protection officers to follow general law-enforcement standards when exercising CBP powers in stops of general aviation pilots and searches of their aircraft; making it illegal for the FAA to enforce Notam violations if the FAA doesn’t finish its Notam improvement program by year-end; providing civil liability protection for aviation medical examiners, designated pilot examiners and designated airworthiness representatives; facilitating means of allowing safety-enhancing equipment to be installed on aircraft without lengthy certification processes; and updating language in the current Pilot’s Bill of Rights to include new rights such as requiring the FAA to notify individuals when they are subject to investigation, limiting the scope of document requests to pertinent issues being investigated and reinstating the expungement policy that would prevent the FAA from keeping enforcement action records after five years.