House Approves Volunteer Pilots' Bill

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If you fly to help others (or even if you think it's a good idea that some people do) the Air Care Alliance is looking for a final political push to get some truly helpful legislation passed. The Volunteer Pilot Organization Act received a resounding 385-12 endorsement in the House on Tuesday. The bill expands and extends liability relief, similar to the Good Samaritan Act, to public-benefit flying, thus easing insurance burdens, or in some cases, making insurance available again. The trick is making sure it gets on the agenda of the rapidly dwindling legislative session. The Air Care Alliance is urging all volunteer pilots and organizations to phone, fax and e-mail their senators to ensure the bill is passed in the next few days. Otherwise, the whole effort will have to be repeated next year.