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H.R. 3708, The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (15 comments ↓)

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H.R. 3708 would direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue or revise regulations with respect to the medical certification of certain small aircraft pilots.

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Harvey Hamilton

December 23, 2013, 1:25pm (report abuse)

This is one great way to revive the decline in new pilot applications. Remember that flying aircraft for fun, recreation, or small business growth provides the stream of seasoned pilots for large corporations and commercial airlines. I would like to see IFR included in this bill.

Charles Nowlin

December 23, 2013, 1:51pm (report abuse)

I fully support this bill as a way to stop the decline in General Aviation activity. Both VFR and IFR operations should be allowed in the class of aircraft proposed by the legislation..

C. Bryant

December 30, 2013, 10:54am (report abuse)

Thank you for sponsoring this bill and thank you to all who support it!

Passage of this bill, even under the current language, is a great first step and should be appreciated by all. I agree that IFR should be included but let's consider the overall positive impact to an industry that passage of the bill can have and be willing to take baby steps to prove that safety will not be negatively impacted. We can wait a few years to add IFR.

As a single engine land private pilot, I will now be able to use that extra money and time to focus on what is really important...Good piloting skills!

Ed Tesner

February 7, 2014, 1:10pm (report abuse)

Patiently waiting for passage.

CDB

March 20, 2014, 10:51pm (report abuse)

I fully support this bill.

Bill Geyer

March 25, 2014, 9:04am (report abuse)

I fully support this bill.

GR

March 29, 2014, 12:40pm (report abuse)

This is great news. I also believe IFR should be added. You could add IFR with higher minimums as a second choice.

David Pavlich

April 22, 2014, 10:22pm (report abuse)

I'm hoping to find someone from my Louisiana delegation signing on. Senator Vitter is the only legislator from Louisiana on the GA Caucus. This will go a long way in getting General Aviation back on its feet. Pass this soonest!

David

SHAMEFUL

April 24, 2014, 10:30pm (report abuse)

"When we fail to keep faith with our veterans, the bond between our nation and our nation's heroes becomes frayed. When a veteran is denied care, we are all dishonored."Veterans are DIEING because of lack of medical care at VA hospitals,sad but true.BLUEWATER VETERANS HAVE BEEN DIEING FOR YEARS BECAUSE THEY ARENT RECOGNIZED AS BEING EXPOSED TO HERBICIDES WHILE OPERATING IN POLLUTED ALONG THE COAST OF VIETNAM.HOW MANY HAVE DIED?GOD ONLY KNOWS.THIS IS THE NEXT SCANDAL.

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Sun Dog

April 26, 2014, 12:52am (report abuse)

Say what?

Jim Alexander

May 17, 2014, 1:38pm (report abuse)

Happy to see my Congressman is a co-sponsor of HR 3708. Kirk and Durbin need to become co-sponsors of S 2103.

Randy Berry

October 29, 2014, 1:20pm (report abuse)

I believe that passage of this bill would stimulate general aviation again and renew interest and create jobs in this field. I know good pilots now who would love to get back into flying again, but they are afraid to try to pass their 3rd class medical ... cause once they lose it, they can't fly anything anymore, even sport aircraft. As an example, I was recently diagnosed as slightly over borderline diabetic, which causes me no real problems in reality. However, I had to go see my doctor several times (expensive), get A1Cs done, and submit paperwork through my AME to the FAA only to find out that the backlog at FAA was 4 months! I fly mostly over open country (forests, fields, lakes, etc.), but I need a 3rd class medical to do that in GA aircraft. Yet, I can drive my 10,000 motorhome down an interstate full of traffic with only my driver's license. I feel that the 3rd class medical is useless and only creates a bottleneck for us pilots.

Paul Peldyak

November 22, 2014, 10:08am (report abuse)

I fully support this bill without qualification.

JR85

December 16, 2014, 12:44pm (report abuse)

Too bad the government won't get off its collective butts and do something. It has been over a year now and nothing...typical political promises with little follow through.

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