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Building momentum: Sen. Inhofe Updates Progress on Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

Co-sponsor list has now grown to 65 senators

September 25, 2015 – Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), a longtime pilot and EAA member, took to the Senate floor on Thursday to update his colleagues on the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 and urge those senators not yet supporting the measure to sign on.

During his address, Sen. Inhofe also outlined the modifications to the original bill (S.571) that he deemed necessary to draw the support of more than 50 additional Senators since he introduced it last February.

“This bill is vitally important to the 617,000 pilots in our country,” Sen. Inhofe said. “Ten years ago, the introduction of sport pilot eligibility gave an opportunity to fly with modified medical certification. After 10 years, the medical safety experience has been positive.”

Sen. Inhofe cited an AOPA Air Safety Institute study of the more than 46,000 aircraft accidents over the past decade, which found that less than one quarter of one percent of all accidents had medical factors involved. Of those, almost none would have been prevented through the current third-class medical certification process.

Sen. Inhofe also mentioned the provisions now in the bill that would allow pilots to fly without the ongoing requirement for a third class medical:

1)      Pilots would be required to complete an online aeromedical course every two years. The course would boost aviation safety by bringing the latest information on aeromedical factors to pilots.

2)      Pilots would need to see their personal physicians at least once every four years and be treated for any conditions that could affect their health. A pilot could then simply note that visit in their logbook without the need to see an AME or file any reports to the FAA.

3)      Any pilot who has not held a valid medical certificate within the past ten years or new pilots would be required to obtain a one-time 3rd class medical or special issuance to establish a health baseline. Once approved, no further AME visit or FAA certification would be required.

4)      The existence or onset of several specifically listed conditions might warrant a one-time special issuance such as serious psychological and neurological conditions, as well as cardiac conditions requiring open-heart surgery. Successful completion of this one-time special issuance would permit the airman to continue seeing their personal physician thereafter.

The bill also added provisions directing the FAA to study easing the special issuance process and to expand the Conditions AMEs Can Issue (CACI) program.

“EAA and AOPA have joined with Sen. Inhofe and his staff in tireless work to draw nearly two-thirds of the Senate in bipartisan support of this bill,” said EAA chairman Jack Pelton. “We appreciate Sen. Inhofe’s deep understanding of the Senate and his colleagues to bring this many senators behind this legislation.”

Moving legislation through Congress is a marathon, not a sprint, and it is not an easy straight line. The accommodations made by Senator Inhofe to his original proposal proved necessary to address specific and broad based concerns expressed by Senators to the bill as introduced.

The current construct gives the FAA the authority to look one time at an airman to establish their baseline eligibility to fly, then places the ongoing care and monitoring of a pilot’s health in the hands of the pilot and their personal physician, which is where EAA believes it should rightfully be. The GA community is now farther than it has ever been in pushing meaningful medical reform, eliminating much of the bureaucratic paperwork and cost for the vast majority of GA pilots.

EAA and AOPA also joined Sen. Inhofe’s call to any senators not currently on board to support the bill. EAA members in states where one or both senators have not become co-sponsors are urged to contact their lawmakers and ask them to join the overwhelming bipartisan support for the measure.

Have further questions on the language of the bill as it currently stands? See our FAQ.

Current PBOR2 Cosponsors


Sen. Richard Shelby

Sen. Jeff Sessions


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor



Sen. Elizabeth Warren

New Mexico

Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor

South Dakota

Sen. Mike Rounds


Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Dan Sullivan


Sen. Mike Crapo

Sen. James Risch


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor

New York

Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor


Sen. Lamar Alexander


Sen. John McCain

Sen. Jeff Flake


Sen. Mark Kirk


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor

North Carolina

Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Thom Tillis


Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. Ted Cruz


Sen. John Boozman

Sen. Tom Cotton



Sen. Daniel Coats

Sen. Joe Donnelly


Sen. Thad Cochran

Sen. Roger Wicker

North Dakota

Sen. John Hoeven

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp


Sen. Orrin Hatch

Sen. Mike Lee


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor



Sen. Chuck Grassley

Sen. Joni Ernst


Sen. Roy Blunt


Sen. Sherrod Brown

Sen. Rob Portman


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor


Sen. Michael Bennet

Sen. Cory Gardner


Sen. Pat Roberts

Sen. Jerry Moran


Sen. John Tester

Sen. Steve Daines



Sen. James Inhofe

Sen. James Lankford


Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Tim Kaine


Se. Christopher Murphy


Sen. Rand Paul


Sen. Deb Fischer


Sen. Ron Wyden


Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor


Sen. Christopher Coons


Sen. David Vitter

Sen. Bill Cassidy


Sen. Dean Heller


Sen. Robert Casey, Jr.

Sen. Pat Toomey


West Virginia

Sen. Joe Manchin

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito


Sen. Marco Rubio


Sen. Angus King

New Hampshire

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Rhode Island

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse


Sen. Ron Johnson

Sen. Tammy Baldwin


Sen. Johnny Isakson

Sen. David Perdue


Sen. Ben Cardin

New Jersey

Neither Senator is currently a cosponsor

South Carolina

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Tim Scott


Sen. John Barasso

Sen. Michael Enzi










































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