Inhofe Explains the Pilots Bill of Rights
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Inhofe Explains the Pilots Bill of Rights

October 12, 2019


SO — AND I WILL SAY THIS. I KNOW MORE PEOPLE IN THE F.A.A. THAT DO A GREAT JOB. THEY’RE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS. THESE ARE CAREER PEOPLE. THE — THE PROBLEM IS EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE YOU’LL HAVE SOMEONE IN THE FIELD WITH ENFORCEMENT POWERS THAT JUST CAN’T HANDLE THAT KIND OF A POWER. I WAS MAYOR OF TULSA FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS SEVERAL YEARS BACK. WE HAD A GREAT POLICE FORCE. BUT NOW AND THEN, YOU HAD PEOPLE ON THAT FORCE WHO COULDN’T HANDLE THE POWER AND SO THEY WOULD ABUSE THAT POWER. AND YOU HAVE TO SEEK THEM OUT AND YOU HAVE TO — AND THAT’S — THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT, WHEN YOU HAVE ELECTED PEOPLE AND YOU — YOU HEAR FROM THESE PEOPLE WHEN ABUSES TAKE PLACE. SO WHAT WE’VE DONE IS CORRECT THAT. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SYSTEM SET UP IN THIS THAT IF SOMEONE IS — IS ACCUSED OF — OF — OR CITED FOR DOING SOMETHING THAT WAS WRONG OR MIGHT BE A VIOLATION OF ONE OF THE F.A.R.’S, THAT PERSON WILL NOW HAVE ACCESS TO THE EVIDENCE THAT WOULD BE USED AGAINST THAT PERSON. AND PEOPLE SAY, WASN’T THAT HAPPENING ANYWAY? NO, IT WASN’T. WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO ME, I WAS — I CAN REMEMBER VERY WELL, AND I SAY TO THE CHAIR, BECAUSE WE’RE VERY CLOSE AND HE KNOWS I’VE BEEN ACTIVE IN AVIATION FOR A LONG TIME, A YEAR AGO IN OCTOBER I WENT TO LAND AT AN AIRPORT, ONE OF THE MOST SOUTHERNMOST AIRPORTS IN AMERICA, IT WAS IN SOUTH TEXAS, ONE I’VE LANDED ON MORE THAN 200 TIMES. I KNOW EVERY SQUARE FOOT OF THAT. IT’S A NONCONTROLLED FIELD. AND WHEN I CAME IN, THERE’S A THING CALLED NODMEN. NOTICE TO AIRMEN. AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO AND YOU SHOULD FIND OUT WHAT THE NODEMS ARE ON THE LAND THAT YOU’LL BE — ON THE RUNWAY YOU’LL BE LANDING ON SO IF THERE’S WORK ON THE RUNWAY, IF THERE’S ANY TOWERS GOING UP, THERE’S CONSTRUCTION GOING ON, YOU’LL KNOW THAT IN ADVANCE. THAT’S YOUR OBLIGATION. THE PROBLEM IS, THERE’S NEVER BEEN A CENTRAL LOCATION WHERE THAT CAN BE FOUND. AND SO IN THIS CASE, THERE WAS NO — NO NOTEM THAT HAD BEEN PUBLISHED. SO THERE I GO IN WITH A CONTROLLER IN THE VALLEY DOWN THERE THAT IS A — THAT HAS ACTUALLY CLEARED ME TO LAND. AND HERE I AM A YAIRTS SENATOR T. TOOK ME — A UNITED STATES SENATOR. IT TOOK ME FOUR MONTHS TO GET THE VOICE RECORDER. AND I NEVER DID FIND OUT EARLY ON WHAT THE EVIDENCE WAS AGAINST ME. AS IT TURNED OUT, IT TURNED OUT FINE. NONETHELESS, FOUR MONTHS TO FIND OUT — TO GET A VOICE RECORDER THAT YOU WERE CLEARED TO LAND. THAT’S UNREASONABLE. THE OTHER THINGS — I SEE MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA IS ON THE FLOOR, AND I DON’T WANT TO TAKE ANY MORE TIME ON THIS, BUT ON THE NOTEM SITUATION, WE WILL HAVE A CENTRAL LOCATION FOR THAT. THE OTHER PROBLEM WE’RE HAVING RIGHT NOW IS MEDICAL CERTIFICATION. I HAVE CASE AFTER CASE — IN FACT, THE AOPA, AIRLINE — AOPA. LET’S SEE, AIRMEN PILOTS ASSOCIATION. ANYWAY, TALK ABOUT 400,000 PILOTS THAT ARE OUT THERE. THEY HAVE AS THEIR NUMBER-ONE CONCERN THE LACK OF CONSISTENCY AND UNIFORMITY IN THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION. A PERSON CAN BE A PILOT AND CAN HAVE A CONDITION, IT COULD BE A LIGHT HEART ATTACK OR SOMETHING, TEMPORARILY LOSE HIS LICENSE AND THEN GO BACK AND ARE IT REINSTATED. HOWEVER, IF HE LIVES IN ANOTHER TOWN, HAS A DIFFERENT DOCTOR, THAT MAY NOT HAPPEN. SO WE HAVE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LICENSES WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN — WELL, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A PANEL SET UP THAT’S GOING TO INCLUDE GENERAL AVIATION, INCLUDE THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO TRY TO GET UNIFORMITY. THIS IS JUST THREE OF THE MAJOR REFORMS THAT WE HAVE IN THIS

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  1. Glad the Pilot's Bill of Rights passed, but more work remains to be done, in particular the right of the NTSB to consider any FAA allegation "truthful" without any proof.

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