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GUEST EDITORIAL
See you at Oshkosh
Pilots can accomplish great things
when we get together
BY SEN. JAMES INHOFE
AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS kept us apart last year, this year's EAA
AirVenture has a greater significance. As we come together to mark
another Oshkosh, I can't help but reflect on all the general aviation
successes we have achieved over the past few years. It is truly an
honor to listen to the needs of pilots across this community and
fight for those priorities in Congress, including third class medical
reform, the Volunteer Pilot Protection Act, and our continued fight
to stop the privatization of air traffic control. It's amazing what
we can accomplish for the general aviation community together.
First, getting more pilots in the air by reforming the third
class medical process, also known as BasicMed. We're now celebrating
the five-year anniversary of the passage of this reform,
a key provision in my Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 and a huge win for
the aviation community ( " Just Between You and Me, " July 2021
What all these great successes have in common
is that we discussed each of these issues-both
problems and solutions-in Oshkosh.
AOPA Pilot). These reforms cut bureaucratic red tape and have
encouraged pilots to disclose and get treatment for medical conditions
that may affect their ability to fly. Further, BasicMed has
eased the medical certification process for pilots while increasing
their knowledge of risk. This legislation has substantially grown
the number of active pilots, with nearly 65,000 pilots in the sky
using the program today.
Second, supporting pilots who are helping their communities.
The Volunteer Pilot Protection Act was signed into law in 2018.
This legislation is a Good Samaritan law for pilots who currently
assume financial risk and liability simply by volunteering to transport
those in need of medical treatment. This bill broke down a
barrier preventing the important charitable efforts by Oklahoma
pilots and pilots across the nation, including medical transport for
veterans, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, and other similar
charitable missions.
And last, but certainly not least, who can forget when we
worked together to fight the privatization of air traffic control?
Management of our nation's airspace is an inherent responsibility
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of the federal government. Instead of privatizing, I was proud
to stand with the general aviation community to urge the need
to modernize our nation's air traffic control facilities and systems.
Privatization of our nation's airspace would effectively take
the freedom to fly away from general aviation pilots. The simple
truth is privatization would easily lead to conflicts of interest and
even possible breaches of national security. Working together, we
successfully fought back the effort to privatize ATC.
What all these great successes have in common is that we
discussed each of these issues-both problems and solutions-
in Oshkosh. As a pilot myself, I know the unique concerns
of the aviation community and it has been a privilege to see
these accomplishments through to the finish, but there is still
much to be done. This year, I look forward to continuing to
listen to your thoughts and identifying the next policy victories
we will work towards
for the aviation community
in Congress. When we work
together as a team, good
things happen.
Republican SEN. JAMES
INHOFE represents the state
of Oklahoma and holds a
commercial pilot certificate.
Learn more /
See how these laws are helping pilots
BasicMed
aopa.org/basicmed
Volunteer pilot liability protection
aopa.org/pilot/volunteerpilotprotection
Stopping ATC 'privatization'
aopa.org/pilot/stopprivatization
Sen. James Inhofe will join AOPA President Mark Baker, EAA
Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton, and other industry leaders to
discuss current legislative initiatives impacting GA pilots and
aircraft owners Saturday, July 31 at 10 a.m. in Forum Pavilion 11
at EAA AirVenture.
http://www.aopa.org/basicmed http://www.aopa.org/pilot/volunteerpilotprotection http://www.aopa.org/pilot/stopprivatization

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