Pilot Liability Protection Planned
A proposed law will also make volunteers who fly cancer patients to treatments and sick children to medical appointments fit the legal meaning of the term Good Samaritans. The House and Senate Judiciary Committees are now reviewing the bill, proposed in 2002 by Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Va.) to include volunteer pilots in the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, the so-called Good Samaritan Act that protects volunteers from liability in their endeavors to help others. The Air Care Alliance is now looking for help from other volunteer pilot groups to help push the law into reality. "It is apparent that the biggest need now is for additional sponsors to sign on for both the House version of the bill and its companion in the Senate," the Air Care Alliance said in a statement. Information packets will be sent to groups likely to benefit from the legislation and the groups, and their members, are asked to contact their congressional representatives to press for support. Members of the judicial and aviation subcommittees are thought to be especially useful in this effort.