President Obama has signed a bill with broad congressional support, including Alaska's delegation, which will change the way pilots interact with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Among other protections, the Pilot's Bill of Rights will:
- Overhaul the burdensome NOTAM process, which requires pilots to comb through an overwhelming number of Notices to Airmen before flight.
- Ensure pilots are notified of any FAA investigation against them.
- Give pilots full access to evidence and data relevant to the FAAs investigation.
- Review the medical certification process in order to allow consistent treatment of applicants.
Imhofe, a flight instructor, crafted the bill after he was investigated by the FAA for landing a plane on a closed runway. He blamed burdensome NOTAM procedures for the incident.
Learn more about the new law here.