March 23, 2007
The Minnesota House Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee has passed aircraft insurance legislation that is more affordable for pilots and does not put flying an aircraft in the same liability category as handling dynamite. AOPA members had strongly opposed a previous measure that proposed dramatic increases. "Our members did a fantastic job voicing their opposition to their senators and representatives," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "The legislators are listening." AOPA worked closely with state legislators to lower the minimum liability coverage levels from the proposed $250,000 per seat to $100,000 per seat. This move brings the levels more in line with what most aircraft owners pay for insurance. As for the liability issue, the revised legislation calls for a study group, which would include aircraft owner and pilot representation, to research the issue, develop a recommendation, and report back to the legislature in November. But AOPA won't let its guard down - the House and Senate still need to agree to these changes. "We'll ensure that our members receive fair treatment during the study," Pecoraro said. If this measure is enacted into law, it will not go into effect until January 1, 2009.
March 23, 2007
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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