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September 14, 2004
The House of Representatives today passed a "good Samaritan" bill to protect volunteer pilots and charitable organizations such as Angel Flight America from liability suits. AOPA supported the Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act (H.R. 1084), which would shield pilots providing no-cost transportation to medical patients or volunteering services during times of emergency. Similar legislation has been pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee since April of last year.
The legislation approved by the House would close a gap in the Volunteer Protection Act. That law protects volunteers and charitable organizations from being sued for ordinary negligence occurring during the course of their volunteer activities. But a fix is needed because the law doesn't cover volunteers operating a motor vehicle or aircraft.
Because they can be sued, these volunteers and the nonprofit organizations sponsoring them have found their insurance rates skyrocketing, if they can get insurance at all.
If the legislation passes the Senate, the reduced threat of lawsuits against charitable flights also helps keep insurance available.
September 14, 2004
Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.