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Senator Inhofe Continues To Press For Pilot's Bill Of Rights

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) first introduced his Pilot's Bill of Rights, which would limit the authority of the FAA in some proceedings it takes against pilots, in 2011. He wrote the legislation to address what he says is the ability of the agency to pull a pilot's airman privileges "on a whim." The bill would give pilots access to evidence used by the FAA to revoke pilot certificates, and provide an appeals process should their certificates be lifted. ( Plus d'info...

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Jim Quinn 3
I think the FAA is much too heavy-handed at times, and the appeals process is quite one-sided from what I've read in the past. At first glance and without knowing all the details, I would support this legislation at face value, regardless of whom brought it to the table. There are few pilots who tolerate sloppy airmanship and violators that create safety problems and give us a black eye, but there still should be some sort of buffer between bureaucrats and their incredible powers to pull someone's ticket without what I would consider to be due process.
Chuck Me 2
I assume he's still bitter from the FAA making him take some retraining to keep his license after landing on a closed runway.
JD345 2
I'm more interested in the due process idea than I am in the personality contest.
Noah Rice 0
So, he is the idiot that landed on a closed runway, I knew the name sounded familiar.
richard weiss -1
what a stupid comment, Noah
Eric Graham 1
Yeah, and he walked away relatively unscathed by the FAA except for them ruffling up his feathers a bit ( had to take some remedial training)
Peter Cooper 1
I can't understand why pilots should have any less rights that anyone else. If the FAA thinks a pilot has breached the rules, then charge him or her with the breach, provide the evidence that FAA is relying on to the pilot. If he or she agrees they made an error, then invoke the appropriate penalty. If the pilots dispute the FAA claims, send the matter to a tribunal with both sides entitled to representation if required. That way, at least all the evidence will come out and, hopefully, both sides will get a decision they can live with.
JD345 1
How about this. Turn the FAA infractions into petty misdemeanors, give the FAA some law enforcement officers and lawyers to try the violations, and establish an "aviation court"... so if a pilot violates some regulation, they issue him a citation and he can either plead guilty and accept whatever sanctions are appropriate and have it on his record, or he can plead not guilty, show up in "aviation court" and get a bench trial where he can tell his story, the FAA can tell their story, and the judge sorts it out. That way the enforcement and penalties by the FAA should be more consistent and the pilots would be able to challenge their accusers in a neutral setting.

Just a thought.
Gene spanos 1
Just great!
Pilots and fliers all have rights.
But for those entrapped within a glide path
and of take-off plate - the families here
have no rights. ???

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