NBAA Praises Passage of House Bill on Pilot Sleep Apnea

 - February 13, 2014, 1:40 PM

NBAA welcomed passage by the House of Representatives of H.R.3578, which compels the FAA to establish a rulemaking process before implementing any mandatory pilot-screening requirement for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a condition for getting a medical certificate. In November, the FAA announced a plan to begin requiring OSA screening for pilots with a body mass index of 40 or greater. “The business aviation community thanks lawmakers for passing this measure seeking a fully transparent process for any consideration of OSA screening,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “While sleep apnea is certainly an important health concern, it’s important that the agency weigh all factors on the issue.”