Industry Groups Increase Letter-Writing Campaign Opposing OSA Directive

By Kerry Lynch
Source: AWIN First

FAA maintains that the new directive is not a change in medical standards, but is “pursuing a new approach ... Anyone diagnosed with OSA must be treated before they can be medically certificated, which is not new.” The agency also cites National Transportation Safety Board data that shows 34 accidents, including 32 fatal accidents, involved pilots who had sleep apnea. However, sleep apnea was not listed as the cause of those accidents.

EAA has established a webpage encouraging its members to write to Congress in opposition, and more than 650 had been sent so far. A bill to require a formal rulemaking for mandatory OSA pilot testing is pending before the House. Congress previously had adopted a bill calling for similar rulemaking for the trucking industry.

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