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.”
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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