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Delay on Controversial Sleep Apnea Testing Policy

Posted by Alyson Wuamett on Dec 20, 2013 9:45:00 AM

A few weeks ago you may have read my blog regarding FAA’s new policy to require obese pilots to undergo delay_sleep_apneaa sleep apnea test. Well, it seems there is now a delay on the controversial proposal concerning the screening. Below is an official statement sent out on behalf of the NBAA.
Washington, DC, Dec. 19, 2013 – The National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA) today welcomed the decision by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) to delay its plans for implementing a controversial
new policy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for pilots until
the agency has had an opportunity to hear from industry stakeholders on
the matter. "We have learned that, shortly after the new year gets underway, the FAA
will bring together organizations, including NBAA, to discuss the sleep
apnea issue, and hear the significant concerns we have with the agency's
plans," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We think that’s an
appropriate step, because in business aviation, flying is often how a
person makes a living, and the agency's screening plans would have a
significant impact on many of those professionals. The FAA needs to hear
our concerns, and we look forward to sharing them directly with the
agency."

Topics: FAA