July 2, 2014
By Sarah Deener
South Carolina landowners who allow pilots to fly aircraft onto their property gain liability protection under an amendment to the state recreational-use statute recently signed into law.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s signature marks the twenty-third state to include aviation in its recreational-use statute, a move designed to open up more private airfields to public use. The Recreational Aviation Foundation has spearheaded the nationwide effort, with support from AOPA and other aviation groups.
“AOPA was able to provide meaningful assistance in moving this measure through the committees process,” said AOPA Southern Regional Manager Bob Minter. “I’m happy we were successful with RUS measures in both South Carolina and Georgia this year.”
In South Carolina, Recreational Aviation Foundation state liaison Kathleen Hegenberger and member Jim Wilson spearheaded the amendment process. It was sponsored by Rep. Gary Simrill, a pilot, and Reps. “Chip” Limehouse, Mike Sottile, and Craig Gagnon. AOPA, the South Carolina Aviation Association, and Triple Tree Aerodrome provided support through the amendment process.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Managing Editor Sarah Deener is an instrument-rated private pilot and has worked for AOPA since 2009.
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