NBAA Attacks Flight Surgeon’s Sleep Apnea Initiative
NBAA has criticized the FAA’s proposed action on sleep apnea among pilots. Doug Carr, the group’s vice president for safety, security and regulation, last week condemned as “unacceptable” FAA flight surgeon Dr Fred Tilton’s plan to require some pilots and air traffic controllers to undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea. Opponents of the policy claim it is not supported by research.
According to NBAA, during a December 12 FAA webinar on the issue, Tilton indicated that he intends to press ahead with the policy change unless mandated by Congress to seek industry consultation. Carr noted that while the FAA may not believe consulting with industry is a necessary step, H.R. 3578 introduced last month by House of Representatives aviation subcommittee chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) would compel the agency to follow established rulemaking processes by including a means for industry stakeholders to provide input.