Alaska protects back-country airstrip volunteers

September 6, 2004

March 2, 2004

Representative Jim Holm
State Capitol, Room 110
Juneau, AK 99801-1182

Dear Representative Holm,

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is a membership association consisting of over 400,000 pilots and aircraft owners nationwide, 4,600 of whom reside in the State of Alaska. AOPA is committed to ensuring the continued viability, growth, and development of aviation and airports in Alaska and the United States.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association strongly supports House Bill 474, regarding civil liability relating to runways, airfields, and landing areas. This bill will help protect airport owner and operators that devote their time and resources to operate and maintain airstrips and landing areas in Alaska.

We anticipate that this bill will help protect the operation of these vital components of our transportation infrastructure.

On behalf of the 4,600 AOPA members in Alaska, thank you for sponsoring this bill.

Sincerely,

Tom George
Alaska Regional Representative