March 7, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA Southwest Regional Representative Shelly deZevallos (right) recently met with Senate President Steve Morris (left) and bill sponsor Rep. Carl Holmes about a measure that could greatly increase access to private airstrips.
The Kansas House of Representatives has passed a liability protection bill that could greatly increase access to private airstrips in the state.
House Bill 2184 would extend protection that now insulates landowners from liability in connection with such activities as hunting, fishing, and camping on their property to noncommercial aviation. It passed the House 118-3.
AOPA Director of State Government Affairs Mark Kimberling and AOPA Southwest Regional Representative Shelly deZevallos are working with lawmakers to advocate passage of the bill, which was referred to the Kansas Senate Agriculture Committee Feb. 24.
deZevallos recently met with Senate President Steve Morris and the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carl Holmes, an AOPA member and Mooney pilot, on the measure. She said it would enhance “the strong general aviation history in the state and Kansas’s enormous contribution to our country’s aviation industry.”
“Kansas is already home to more than 140 public-use airports,” deZevallos said. “There are also numerous other private airstrips throughout the state that are not currently open to the public because of outdated and inequitable liability laws. AOPA has been working across the country to change liability laws so that owners of these airstrips can open them to GA access.”
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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