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AOPA encourages pilots to speak out against forest planning rule

May 9, 2011, 11:02 am

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is encouraging pilots to speak out against the national forest planning rule, which could inhibit their ability to fly in the backcountry.

According to the source, the comment period ends May 16 for the proposed revision of the U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule, and the group is recommending its members weigh-in in an effort to preserve their ability to fly using backcountry or strips in forested regions.

"Every pilot and backcountry flying enthusiast who submits comments lets the Forest Service know that he or she wants to continue to have the same access to the forests that other users have," the source says.

For pilots interested in backcountry flying, though it can be an invigorating experience with breathtaking scenery, it can be important to be aware of the terrain differences. Flying in unusual settings can sometimes contribute to fatal accidents, and those who often fly in forested and mountainous regions may benefit from having pilot life insurance coverage, in the event that they are involved in a fatal accident.  

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