CALL TO ACTION: URGE SENATOR INHOFE TO MAKE A SIMPLE, COMMON-SENSE CHANGE TO PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS 2 COMPROMISE LANGUAGE

YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED NOW - YOUR VOICE MATTERS! The compromise language recently introduced to the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (authored by Senator Inhofe) is set to exclude thousands of medically fit pilots! We have responded to Senator Inhofe, AOPA, EAA's call to action - Now it's time for them to respond to our call!

THE PROBLEM:
The recently-introduced compromise language requires a 10-year lookback and special issuance for certain conditions. The problem with the special issuance requirement is that for the conditions listed, FAA has some impossible criteria - rules which are as outdated as the third class medical itself! These rules include denying any pilot who takes medication to manage their condition. So, while your specialist says you have no limitations, including flying, you remain grounded because of the FAA's impossible special issuance rules. This is the whole reason we, the aviation community, have expended so much time, energy and money in support of PBOR2.

THE SIMPLE, COMMON-SENSE SOLUTION:
Senator Inhofe simply needs to change to the compromise wording, from "requires special issuance" to "requires specialist approval." This simple change in wording offers these important benefits:
  1. Continues to give protection to the legislators who were seeking additional teeth in the bill.
  2. Puts the onus on the specialist who is actually caring for the pilot (rather than unseen bureaucrats at FAA). This alone makes the alternative better than a special issuance.
  3. Helps thousands of medically-fit pilots who are counting on PBOR2.
  4. Makes a huge impact on the growth and future of GA, which is the whole purpose of the bill.
EASY INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD:
  1. Go to each of these websites:
    Senator Inhofe: https://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact
    AOPA: https://www.aopa.org/forms/inforequest.cfm?email=PIC
    EAA: http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/about-eaa/contact-us
  2. Fill in the requested fields - Topics are `Transportation' (Inhofe), `Medical' (AOPA), `Aeromedical Advisory Program' (EAA)
  3. Paste the message below or compose your own - add your name at the bottom
  4. Click `Submit'
  5. Post the same message to each of these Facebook pages:
    Senator Inhofe: https://www.facebook.com/jiminhofe
    AOPA: https://www.facebook.com/AOPApilots?fref=ts
    EAA: https://www.facebook.com/EAA?fref=ts

    Extra Credit:
    • Email message to Mark Baker at aopapresident@aopa.org
    • Email message to Jack Pelton at jackpelton@gmail.com
    • Copy and paste this `Call To Action' to any aviation groups to which you belong
    • Call Senator Inhofe - (202) 224-4721
    • Call your representatives

YOUR VOICE MATTERS! PLEASE ACT NOW!!

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HERE'S THE MESSAGE THAT YOU CAN FREELY COPY AND PASTE:

Dear Senator Inhofe:
Dear Mr. Mark Baker (President, AOPA):
Dear Mr. Jack Pelton (President, EAA):

Thank you for all of your hard work on the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2. You have called us to action to contact our legislators, and we have responded in overwhelming numbers. Now, we are calling on you to respond to our call!

The compromise language recently introduced to the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 is set to exclude thousands of medically fit pilots. There is a very simple, common sense solution - Specifically, change the compromise wording from "requires special issuance" to "requires specialist approval."

The problem with the special issuance requirement is that for the conditions listed, FAA has some impossible criteria - rules which are as outdated as the third class medical itself! These rules include denying any pilot who takes medication to manage their condition. So, while your specialist says you have no limitations, including flying, you remain grounded because of the FAA's impossible special issuance rules. This is the whole reason we, the GA community, have expended so much time, energy and money in support of PBOR2.

I don't want our collective efforts to result in thousands of medically-fit pilots not being able to fly when the bill ultimately passes. With this in mind, I am imploring you to make a simple change to the compromise wording, from "requires special issuance" to "requires specialist approval." This simple change in wording offers these important benefits:
  1. Continues to give protection to the legislators who were seeking additional teeth in the bill.
  2. Puts the onus on the specialist who is actually caring for the pilot (rather than unseen bureaucrats at FAA). This alone makes the alternative better than a special issuance.
  3. Helps thousands of medically-fit pilots who are counting on PBOR2.
  4. Makes a huge impact on the growth and future of GA, which is the whole purpose of the bill.
On behalf of so many medically-fit pilots that have heeded your call to action, we desperately need this change and are depending on you!

With sincere appreciation,