Inhofe Targets FAA

Washington, D.C. – FAA getting lesson on pitfalls of crossing senator
JOAN LOWY,Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal aviation officials are getting a lesson on the pitfalls of crossing a senior senator.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe to take remedial piloting lessons after he landed his plane on a closed runway at a rural South Texas airport last October, sending workers on the ground scrambling.

Now the veteran pilot has introduced a bill to strengthen the position of pilots when contesting FAA enforcement of safety rules in cases like his.

The FAA said it is reviewing the legislation.

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