Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association Elects New Board/Officers

WAUSAU-ROTHSCHILD, WIS. – The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) held its annual meeting during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference, May 7, 2014, at which time the membership elected its board and officers.

Elected to the board are David Mann of Racine Commercial Airport, Racine, Wis.; Jeff Baum of Wisconsin Aviation, Inc., Madison, Juneau and Watertown, Wis.; Richard Morey of Morey Airplane Company, Middleton, Wis.; Peter Laper of Oldenburg Group, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Bruce Botterman of NewView Technologies, Oshkosh, Wis. Mann was reelected president, Morey was elected vice president, Laper was reelected treasurer, and Botterman was reelected secretary.

During the meeting, the new board welcomed Russell A. Klingaman of the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the organization. Klingaman is a pilot and aircraft owner, and contributing editor to Midwest Flyer Magazine.

In the June/July 2014 issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, Klingaman editorialized on the importance of Wisconsin needing an “aircraft lien recording law,” and spoke on the subject during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference.

“As an aircraft owner and operator, and as an attorney familiar with aviation law, I have identified a problem associated with buying and selling aircraft in Wisconsin – the inability to register some Wisconsin aircraft liens with the FAA Aircraft Registry,” stated Klingaman in the article. The article discusses why the Wisconsin lien laws should be revised to allow for aircraft mechanic’s liens to be recorded as part of the FAA Aircraft Registry, and how important having clear title is for all aircraft transactions (https://www.midwestflyer.com/?p=7572).

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