H.R.3708 - General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

Issues: Transportation

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3708

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to
issue or revise regulations with respect to the medical certification
of certain small aircraft pilots, and for other purposes.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 11, 2013

Mr. Rokita (for himself, Mr. Graves of Missouri, Mr. Flores, Mr.
Peterson, Mr. Hanna, and Mr. Pompeo) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure

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A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to
issue or revise regulations with respect to the medical certification
of certain small aircraft pilots, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``General Aviation Pilot Protection
Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. MEDICAL CERTIFICATION OF CERTAIN SMALL AIRCRAFT PILOTS.

(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of
enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration shall issue or revise medical certification regulations
to ensure that an individual may operate as pilot in command of a
covered aircraft without regard to any medical certification or proof
of health requirement otherwise applicable under Federal law if--
(1) the individual possesses a valid State driver's license
and complies with any medical requirement associated with that
license;
(2) the individual is transporting not more than 5
passengers;
(3) the individual is operating under visual flight rules;
and
(4) the relevant flight, including each portion thereof, is
not carried out--
(A) for compensation, including that no passenger
or property on the flight is being carried for
compensation;
(B) at an altitude that is more than 14,000 feet
above mean sea level;
(C) outside the United States, unless authorized by
the country in which the flight is conducted; or
(D) at a speed exceeding 250 knots.
(b) Covered Aircraft Defined.--In this section, the term ``covered
aircraft'' means an aircraft that--
(1) is not authorized under Federal law to carry more than
6 occupants; and
(2) has a maximum certificated takeoff weight of not more
than 6000 pounds.

SEC. 3. REPORT.

Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall submit to
Congress a report that describes the impact that the regulations issued
or revised under section 2 have had, including statistics with respect
to changes in small aircraft activity and safety incidents.