Wisconsin Amends Recreational Use Statute To Protect Private Airport Owners From Public-Use Liability

MADISON, WIS. (February 18, 2014) – The Wisconsin Assembly has passed Senate Bill 321 to protect private airport owners in the state from liability when the public uses their airports for recreational purposes. The measure is an amendment to the state’s existing recreational use statute which protects private landowners from liability for such other public uses as snowmobiling, all terrain vehicle operations, hunting and cross country skiing. The amendment now includes “aviation” as a recognized use. Commercial aviation is not included in the amendment, nor in the statute. The bill now goes on to Governor Scott Walker for his signature. Once the governor signs the amendment, Wisconsin will join dozens of other states which have already amended their state recreational use statutes to include aviation.

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