February 22, 2008
AOPA is backing legislation that would extend liability protection to volunteers involved in aerial search and rescue operations. The bill, currently before the Washington state legislature, would enhance a 2007 law that offers immunity from liability for certain volunteer workers when engaged in emergency management activities. That law protected only volunteers under the direction of a local emergency management organization or the state military department. Volunteer aerial search and rescue personnel working for Washington Air Search and Rescue under the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division were not specifically covered. “These volunteer pilots and crews put their own lives on the line to save others, and they deserve protection,” said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg Pecoraro.
February 22, 2008
Department of Transportation,
Advocacy and Legislation
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg has challenged AOPA President Mark Baker to a dogfight. The battle? To see who can bring in the most "Hat in the Ring Society" donors to support aviation safety, promote airports, and improve the image of general aviation before the end of the year.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.