The Pilots Who Help, Ask For Your Help

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Legislation now in Congress would help protect volunteer pilots from liability concerns, and the folks at the Air Care Alliance (ACA), who are lobbying for the bill, are asking pilots and aviation organizations to write to their representatives in support. "It is also extremely important that actual volunteer pilots and leaders from these groups write their own letters explaining their personal reasons for supporting the legislation," the ACA says at its Web site, where more details and information about how to best support the effort are posted. The liability protection would also help make it easier for much-needed larger aircraft to participate in public-benefit flight missions. "We believe we would be better able to serve the needy and our communities if these larger aircraft were available," the ACA said. AOPA, EAA and the National Air Transportation Association have been strongly supporting the bill. Last year, the legislation passed the House 385-12 but stalled in the Senate. It has now been reintroduced in both houses. The bills have been referred to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.