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April 16, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill April 16 that will provide liability protection for private airfield owners.
Senate Bill 321 extends liability protection to owners of private airfields when being used recreationally under Wisconsin’s existing recreational-use statute. The statute did include liability protection for private landowners when someone is using their land recreationally, but did not specifically include recreational aviation activity.
Under the new law, the state now provides the same level of liability protection for private land owners whose property is used by pilots flying recreationally as it does for private land used by skiers, hikers, people riding ATVs, and other uses.
“We are very pleased to see Governor Walker join the legislature in recognizing the importance of privately owned airfields as part of Wisconsin’s robust aviation system by signing Senate Bill 321,” said AOPA Great Lakes Regional Manager Bryan Budds. “Governor Walker’s approval marks the culmination of a long battle by many in Wisconsin to secure liability protection in the state. This bill is another positive step in promoting the viability of private airfields in Wisconsin and around the country.”
The committee for Santa Monicans For Open and Honest Development Decisions has received notification that a ballot measure on land use changes at Santa Monica Municipal Airport has officially qualified for the November 2014 ballot.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.
Challenge Air has given hundreds of children with special needs a brief flight in a general aviation aircraft with lasting benefits.
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