How do we get a Pilots Bill of Rights? Well, sometimes it takes one of our legislators having to experience the bureaucracy before they understand how us minions are treated. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, who is an experienced pilot, has introduced a bill called the "Pilots Bill of Rights". Anyone who has ever had to deal with either a federal government or state government bureaucracy knows how arbitrary these folks are, and how unreasonable some of their decisions are. The proposed Pilots Bill of Rights would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to comply with new regulations requiring them to advise a pilot subject to enforcement action the reason for the investigation and to advise the pilot he can decline to respond without penalty. In addition, the FAA would be required to provide the pilot with copies of all investigative reports, air traffic recordings and any other relevant information 30 days prior to any enforcement action proceeds. You can see an AOPA story about this at "Inhofe Proposes Pilots Bill of Rights"
On Tuesday, October 18th, Senator Inhofe was joined by actor Harrison Ford during a closed door meeting with the Senate General Aviation Caucus. The proposed Pilots Bill of Rights needs another 17 co-sponsors before it can be pushed for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Details of this meeting were outlined in an article by Jim Myers in Tulsa World today. I have personally experienced action by both the FAA, and by a local bureaucrat from the Insurance Department in the State of Michigan. In that case the "investigation" consisted of speaking to one person whose statements were never verified by third parties! What a joke! I would urge everyone to contact their Senators and urge them to support the Pilots Bill of Rights. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+
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