EAA members can once again make a difference to benefit general aviation. We’re asking Congress to pass a recently introduced bill that would subject FAA policies regarding sleep disorders to undergo the formal rulemaking process and receive public comment rather than simply be enacted without stakeholder input. And your help is important.
The FAA’s new policy, introduced in November, would require any airman applying for a medical certificate with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater and a neck size of 17 inches or greater to be evaluated by a sleep specialist and, if diagnosed with a disorder, receive any treatment deemed necessary prior to receiving certification. Dr. Tilton stated that “once we have appropriately dealt with every airman examinee who has a BMI of 40 or greater, we will gradually expand the testing pool by going to lower BMI measurements until we have identified and assured treatment for every airman with OSA.”
H.R. 3578 is a bipartisan bill, passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week, that would require the OSA policy to undergo a formal rulemaking process before it can go into effect. Rulemaking includes an opportunity for public comment and a cost-benefit analysis. A similar bill concerning sleep apnea rules in the commercial trucking industry recently passed by unanimous consent.
EAA believes this policy is unnecessary and overreaching. Help your organization get the word out to your Congressional representative. Thanks for your support!