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
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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