One of the discussions at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium was about the Pilots’ Bill of Rights that is working its way through the U.S. Congress. Julie Fedorchak from Senator Hoeven’s office gave an explanation of the bill and told us that it is currently in a conference committee, with no indication of when it will move forward.
This is an important bill that will give pilots some basic rights when dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration. It is a bill that we should all support and I encourage you to contact your congressional representatives and ask them to support the bill and move it forward.
The Pilots’ Bill of Rights was developed by Senator Inhofe after the FAA attempted to violate him in an interesting situation. If you are not familiar with the bill or how it came about, there is a video of Senator Inhofe explaining it on AOPA Live. The explanation is at 6 minutes 15 seconds into the video if you want to jump ahead to it. Click here to see the video.