The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation has been asked to disseminate the following letter from Mr. Gary Ewart

August 13, 2004

TO:  US COPD Coalition
FROM:  Gary Ewart
RE:  FAA Extension of the Comment Deadline on Use of Portable Oxygen Concentrators on Aircraft 

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a 15-day extension in deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rule to allow portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) on aircraft.  The new deadline for submitting public comments is Monday, August 30, 2004.

The comment extension was granted by FAA at the request of the Airline Transportation Administration (ATA) - the trade association of U.S. commercial airlines.  ATA has initially requested a 60-day extension, however FAA determined that a 15-day extension was sufficient to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. 

To date over 2,000 patients and organizations  have submitted comments in support of allowing patients to bring their own POCs on aircraft. The US COPD Coalition strongly encourages all member organizations and individuals to use the comment period extension to submit comments in support of allowing patients to bring their own POCs on aircraft. You can submit comments in four ways:

  •  DOT Docket Web site: Go to https://www.transportation.gov/ and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.

  •  Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.

  •  Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-001.

  •  Fax: 1-(202)-493-2251.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Mr. Gary Ewart at the American Thoracic Society.  Mr. Ewart can be reached at (202) 785-3355 or via email at (gewart@thoracic.org).

Gary Ewart 
Director, ATS Government Relations
American Thoracic Society
1150 18th Street, N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, D.C.  20036
ph (202) 785-3355 ex 226
fx  (202) 452-1805

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