February 29, 2008
AOPA government affairs staffers visited Washington state lawmakers recently to support a measure that would provide liability relief for aerial rescue workers. The House version of the bill has stalled in committee over concerns that it may offer too much liability protection for pilots. But during Feb. 25 meetings with legislators and their staffs, AOPA Manager of State Legislative Affairs Joey Colleran and Northwest Regional Representative Mike Ferguson explained the need to protect volunteer aerial search and rescue personnel working for Washington Air Search and Rescue under the state. “These pilots provide a tremendous service to the people of Washington state, saving lives in emergency situations,” said Colleran. “They need the same kind of liability protection afforded other volunteers.”
February 29, 2008
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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