Sleep Apnea Bill on Transportation Committee Agenda Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will consider H.R. 3578.  This legislation will require the FAA to follow the appropriate rulemaking process in order to make any changes to medical certification for pilots and air traffic controllers with regard to sleep apnea.   ALPA, as the voice of airline pilots, has submitted the following statement in support of the legislation.  The Committee mark-up begins at 10am and will be webcast on the Committee’s website here.

WRITTEN SUBMISSION OF AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION, INTERNATIONAL TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

DECEMBER 4, 2013

The following statement is submitted by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 50,000 airline pilots flying for 36 airlines in the United States and Canada. ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union and the world’s largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization.

ALPA applauds Chairman LoBiondo for introducing H.R. 3578 and thanks Representatives Larsen, Bucshon, Graves, Lipinski, Meehan, and Hudson for cosponsoring this important legislation.  ALPA supports H.R. 3578 and firmly believes that any significant changes to medical certification requirements for airmen and air traffic controllers should go through the appropriate rulemaking process, including key aviation stakeholders, and provide for public comment.

ALPA has long represented the voice of airline pilots by providing expert counsel and comment during all aspects of the regulatory process. We are pleased to see how quickly Chairman LoBiondo recognized the need for this legislation and hope that H.R. 3578 moves rapidly through the legislative process.

Thank you for providing ALPA the opportunity to express our views and support for H.R. 3578 before the committee today.

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