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SA 4606. Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. Vitter) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR VOLUNTEER PILOT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT FLY FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT AND TO PILOTS AND STAFF OF SUCH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 4 of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (42 U.S.C. 14503) is amended--
(1) in subsection (a)(4)--
(A) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively;
(B) by striking ``the harm'' and inserting ``(A) except in the case of subparagraph (B), the harm'';
(C) in subparagraph (A)(ii), as redesignated by this paragraph, by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; or''; and
(D) by adding at the end the following:
``(B) the volunteer--
``(i) was operating an aircraft in furtherance of the purpose of a volunteer pilot nonprofit organization that flies for public benefit; and
``(ii) was properly licensed and insured for the operation of such aircraft.''; and
(2) in subsection (c)--
(A) by striking ``Nothing in this section'' and inserting the following:
``(1) IN GENERAL.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), nothing in this section''; and
(B) by adding at the end the following:
``(2) EXCEPTION.--A volunteer pilot nonprofit organization that flies for public benefit, the staff, mission coordinators, officers, and directors (whether volunteer or otherwise) of such nonprofit organization, and a referring agency of such nonprofit organization shall not be liable for harm caused to any person by a volunteer of such nonprofit organization while such volunteer--
``(A) is operating an aircraft in furtherance of the purpose of such nonprofit organization;
``(B) is properly licensed for the operation of such aircraft; and
``(C) has certified to such nonprofit organization that such volunteer has insurance covering the volunteer's operation of such aircraft.''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)