West Virginia adds aviation to recreation use laws

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A bill adding aircraft operations to its definition of non-commercial recreational use has passed in West Virginia. This Recreation Use Statute (RUS) protects landowners from liability for allowing recreation on their lands. The bill, signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, will take effect May 12.

This makes West Virginia the 25th state in the nation to add aviation to its RUS, according to officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF).

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EAA joins ‘Know Before You Fly’ RPA safety campaign

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The Experimental Aircraft Association has thrown its support to the new remotely piloted aircraft safety campaign, “Know Before You Fly,” during the 2015 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo.

The campaign provides prospective operators of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. [Read more…]

Winners of the 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards revealed

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has revealed the winners of its Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s most popular training helicopters than anyone else in the world.

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