Sat, Aug 04, 2012
Measure Easily Passed Both Houses Of Congress Earlier This Year
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor, said Friday that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June. The House passed the measure by a voice vote.
Last October, the bill garnered the endorsement of pilot and actor Harrison Ford. The next month, the bill crossed an important milestone gaining its 60thco-sponsor in the Senate.
“This is a great day for General Aviation, and this would not have happened without the support of so many pilots all across this country,” said Inhofe. “With their help and the work of so many of my colleagues in the House and Senate, we were able to overcome opposition to this law from the Obama administration with a veto proof majority.”
Inhofe continued, “Just last week at Oshkosh, we celebrated the bill getting through Congress. Now, with the President’s signature, it is officially the law of the land. I appreciate the help of great organizations like AOPA and EAA. Over the course of my years in Congress, I have helped an untold number of pilots facing the pressure of dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This bill remedies many of the most serious deficiencies in the relationship between general aviation and the FAA, and ensures that pilots are, like everyone else, treated in a fair and equitable manner by the justice system.”
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