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Third Class Medical Reform Clears Senate

The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 legislation (S. 571) – containing third-class medical reform – was unanimously passed by the full Senate. Primary sponsor Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) issued a press release applauding the bill passage, which includes a NASAO statement along with remarks from other core industry supporters of the bill. The release also includes an overview of the latest version of the legislation. NASAO has provided targeted support for the measure throughout the process, both in helping to increase the number of cosponsors and more recently in working to gain Senate committee and floor passage.

Prior to passage, the Senate adopted an amendment, filed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to add an additional certification component to the checklist to be used during quadrennial physicals, requiring personal physicians to verify that they are not aware of any treated conditions that would render the pilot unsafe to fly. In addition, the amendment authorizes the FAA to follow-up with pilots to inquire about their health if they receive credible information from either the national driver registry or FAA safety hotline that an individual may not be fit for safe flight.

“These and other changes made to the original bill reflect constructive bipartisan negotiations, which have broadened support for the measure and paved the way for unanimous passage of this important bill,” said NASAO Government Relations Manager Mark Kimberling. “NASAO appreciates the leadership of Senators Inhofe and Manchin to see this bill through to passage. We will now turn our attention to the House and continue our work with industry partners to see that this measure is passed and signed into law.”

In addition to third-class medical reform, S. 571 also provides additional due process protections to pilots facing enforcement action and provides enhancements to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Improvement Program.

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