“This is very important legislation for all Americans
who fly recreationally and pursue the freedom of
flight,” said Jack J. Pelton, chairman and CEO of the
Experimental Aircraft Association. “Our thanks to Sen.
Inhofe, Sen. Manchin and the co-sponsors who understood
the importance of this measure and worked hard for its
passage, so we can reduce the unnecessary cost and
regulatory burdens within the current aviation medical
“NBAA commends the United States Senate for passage of
the Pilots Bill of Rights 2,” said Ed Bolen, president
and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association.
“We especially want to recognize Sen. Inhofe's
leadership in introducing the bill and working with the
70 senate co-sponsors to achieve this important
legislative victory for the general aviation community.
We are pleased that this bill provides needed reforms
for third class medicals and expands the due process
rights of airmen.”
“NATA commends the tireless efforts of Sens. Inhofe and
Manchin to move the Pilots Bill of Right 2 through the
Senate,” said Tom Hendricks, president and CEO of the
National Air Transportation Association. “We appreciate
their ongoing work to preserve and enhance general
aviation in this nation.
NATA looks forward to working with other general
aviation stakeholders towards the legislation’s swift
approval in the House.”
“We appreciate Sen. Inhofe's steadfast support of our
nation's professional pilots,” said Capt. Keith Wilson,
president of Allied Pilots Association. “This bill would
provide needed balance in administrative proceedings and
other venues in which a pilot's career may be
jeopardized by certificate denial, suspension or
“The pilots of Southwest Airlines welcome the passage of
S. 571 and truly appreciate Sens. Inhofe and Manchin’s
dedication to pilots and the piloting profession,” said
Captain Mike Panebianco, vice president of the Southwest
Airlines Pilots Association. “The Pilots Bill of Rights
2 provides long overdue protections and ensures fair
treatment of pilots facing administrative proceedings.
Additionally, the changes to the third class medical
encourages growth of the U.S. general aviation community
and allows the FAA to focus its resources on maintaining
its world-class oversight of the commercial aviation
industry. This bill is just one more example of Sen.
Inhofe’s thoughtful pragmatism and highlights the
importance of having members that truly understand
“By spearheading S. 571, the Pilots Bill of Rights 2,
Sens. James Inhofe and Joe Manchin have reaffirmed a
tireless commitment to defending and enhancing the
interests of professional and general aviation pilots,”
said Capt. Coley George, Industry Affairs committee
chair of NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots.
“On behalf of the NJASAP Membership, it is my privilege
to recognize and to express our gratitude for their
enduring commitment to addressing the concerns of all
pilots from hobbyist to professional cockpit
“NASAO commends Sens. Inhofe and Manchin, and their
staffs, for their tireless work to gain Senate passage
of this vital reform,” said Greg Principato, president
and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation
Officials. “This common sense medical reform will help
stem the decline of the general aviation pilot
population by keeping pilots in the air—without
degrading safety. This legislation will not only benefit
the pilots, but also the vast network of smaller general
aviation airports that they support.”
DETAILS ABOUT THE PILOT’S BILL OF RIGHTS 2:
Reforms the FAA’s medical certification process by
expanding an existing FAA medical standard to include
more qualified, trained, general aviation pilots.
Outlines specific requirements that pilots need to meet
to qualify for the expanded medical standard, including
completion of a medical education course every two
years, self-certification by the pilot that they are
being treated by their physician for any medical
diagnosis that could impact their ability to fly, and
the use of a checklist to guide the discussion between
pilots and their physicians during a health examination,
which must occur once every four years.
Enhances the due process rights established in the first
Pilot’s Bill of Rights by ensuring airman have the right
to appeal an FAA decision through a new, merit-based
trial in Federal Court.
Increases transparency for airman subject to an
investigation or enforcement action by requiring the FAA
to articulate the specific activity under investigation
to parties involved in the investigation and provides
specific documentation relevant to its investigation.
Expedites updates to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
Improvement Program required in the first Pilot’s Bill
of Rights and directs the FAA to include the effective
duration of temporary flight restrictions in NOTAMs.
This ensures the most relevant and important information
reaches the pilot prior to a flight taking place. The
legislation also mandates that the FAA certify the
accuracy of posted NOTAMs.
Ensures the accessibility of flight data, such as air
traffic communication tapes and radar information
produced by contract towers, and flight service stations
and controller training programs, which gives
certificate holders the ability to use this information
to defend themselves during an enforcement action
Background - On Aug. 3, 2012, Inhofe’s Pilot’s Bill of
Rights (S.1335) was signed into law, which made FAA
enforcement proceedings and NTSB review fair for pilots;
streamlined the NOTAM Improvement Program; and required
a GAO review of the FAA’s medical certification process
and forms in order to help bring clarity and reduce
instances of misinterpretation with medical forms for
June 30, 2014, Sen. Inhofe announced the development of
the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 with the release of a
discussion draft of the legislation. Over 400 comments
were submitted from around the country about how to
improve different components of the bill.
Feb. 26, Inhofe introduced the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2,
legislation that would reform the third class medical
certification for recreational pilots and broaden the
protections provided in the original Pilot’s Bill of
Rights authored by Inhofe and signed into law in 2012.
Dec. 9, the Senate Commerce Committee reported S. 571 as
amended to the Senate by a voice vote.