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 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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