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    Old cuby to the rescue

    Our very own Jim Newton, aka Old Cuby, has been recognized for the role he played in getting aviation added to the Recreational Use Statute (RUS) in West Virginia.

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    "RAF member Jim Newton of West Virginia has made several flights in his Super Cub to enjoy camping and fly-in gatherings in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He became interested in the benefits of adding aviation to the Recreational Use Statute, and got involved in passing it in his state.

    “West Virginia has wonderful scenery and many private airstrips, some noted on the aeronautical charts and many that are not,” he told pilots. And getting permission is not always easy. Landowners would say things like, “I'm not giving you permission to land here, but I won't kick you out if you do.” Obviously, liability was a big concern for landowners.

    Gathering language from the RAF website, Jim contacted West Virginia Delegate Mike Folk, a flight instructor and commercial pilot. “He was the logical choice. He grew up on a farm with a private strip. His dad was a crop duster, and he immediately realized the benefit of amending the West Virginia RUS to include aviation activities,” Jim said.

    Jim launched a letter-writing effort to the Judiciary Committee members. The RAF and AOPA provided experience and he contacted all the airstrip owners and local pilots he knew to write. Delegate Mike Folk submitted the bill and the Committee approved it 21 to 3. The House of Delegates approved it 96 to 2 and the Senate approved it 34 to 0.

    West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the bill and the law will go into effect May 12.

    “Now the work begins to notify all private strip landowners of their good fortune, and hopefully, to the benefit of recreational aviation in West Virginia,” Jim said.

    Thank you everyone for all your effort in adding "aviation" to Recreational Use Statutes across the country.

    John Nadeau

    National RUS Liaison"
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    Way to go Old Cuby!

    Thank you!

    cafi

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    Great job, Jim! Thanks!

    Anne.
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    Ah, Jim.....good on yer, Man! Hope you can muster another trip west one of these days....we'd sure like to see you again, but in the meantime, keep up the good work!

    MTV

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    Who could say no to Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snert View Post
    Who could say no to Jim.
    Ahhh.... his wife???

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    Way to go Jim. You da man!
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    Jim: I thank you and Winifred still misses you... Ralph and Melissa
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    Hey thanks folks, but this was a piece of cake during this session of WV legislature. In the session last year the bill was blocked by a trial lawyer delegate, but after November 2014, that changed!
    I'd love to fly west again but now the door is open for you'all to fly and visit here. There is a WV gathering in October as noted on your SC calendar!
    Jim Newton
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    Way to go Jim. I'm proud to know you!!
    Never stay level!!!!!

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    Thank you Jim. Well done!!

    Thank you for the time you gave for us all.

    Bill
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    Great job!! Anytime we can beat a trial lawyer the world is better.....

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    Go West??? its time for everyone to come visit West Virginia. Jim has led us around on several fun filled trips in the hills of West Virginia.
    Last edited by btracy; 02-26-2015 at 08:58 AM.

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    Terrific work, Jim! Thank you!

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