Lawyer group calls Hoover Law ineffective

 - May 19, 2008, 11:39 AM

The so-called “Hoover Law” has proved to be ineffective, according to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Legislation enacted in April gives pilots 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. The NTSB must decide if the revocation was justified. If not, the certificate is reinstated. The legislation is called the Hoover bill because of airshow performer Bob Hoover’s three-year battle against the FAA’s emergency revocation authority. The LPBA said that the “FAA has prevailed in all 40” of the emergency determinations reviewed by the Safety Board to date.