Air rescue volunteer pilot Alfred Banholzer will have liability protection for himself and his family the next time he’s called out to use his Cessna 172 to help locate a missing person or downed aircraft in Washington. The state legislature has passed S.B.6324, which extends liability coverage for volunteer ground personnel to air rescue pilots. Last year, the state passed a bill that covered all ground personnel but unintentionally omitted aerial support. “From a personal standpoint, it protects me and my family from any suit that could come out of the search,” he said. Read more on AOPA Online.
March 14, 2008