(Washington, D.C. – July 26, 2018) The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is proud to support the “Securing and Revitalizing Aviation Act of 2018” (SARA Act of 2018), legislation introduced by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) along with co-sponsors Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Boozman (R-AR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
These Senators have stepped forward yet again in defense of aviation and airline safety by championing this much needed legislation and necessary regulatory improvements. While many of their colleagues offer nothing more than words, feigning an actual commitment to improving safety; each of these Senators have established a long record of consistent and committed efforts insuring the highest level of safety exists on behalf of our nation’s airline industry and airspace system.
We are particularly pleased with the needed improvements towards increasing infrastructure in workforce development, a needed program critical to ensuring an adequate supply of skilled workers are available for the future in all aspects of aviation and its various support functions. In addition, we are supportive of the need to protect “Due Process” in matters of FAA enforcement, and the absolute immediate need to reform the FAA’s program with respect to the selection, and ongoing monitoring, of FAA Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE’s). This is a program critical to pilot production and “through put”, which has fallen far behind in its’ ability to support our nation’s pilot production pipeline.
We call on each and every member of the U.S. Senate to support this important legislation and add their names to the growing list of those who stand forward in both “word and deed” on behalf of real and substantive improvements to aviation safety.