There is hereby created an aeronautics commission, to be known as "The West Virginia State Aeronautics Commission", to consist of five members to be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of such members shall be the secretary of transportation ex officio, whose term as such member shall continue for the period that he or she holds the office of secretary of transportation. The other four members of the commission shall be appointed by the Governor, each to serve a term beginning the July 1, 1947, one to serve for a term of one year, one to serve for a term of two years, one to serve for a term of three years and one to serve for a term of four years. The successors of the members (other than the secretary of transportation) initially appointed as provided herein shall be appointed for terms of four years each in the same manner as the members originally appointed under this article, except that any person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his or her predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term. Each member shall serve until the appointment and qualification of his or her successor. No more than three members of the commission shall be members of the same political party. All members of the commission shall be citizens and residents of this state. The members of the commission who shall be appointed by the Governor as provided by this section shall be selected with due regard to their fitness by reason of their aeronautical knowledge and practical experience in the field of aeronautics. In making such appointments, the Governor shall, so far as may be possible and practicable, select the several members from different geographical sections of the state.
No member shall receive any salary for his or her services, but each shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred by such member in the performance of his or her duties in accordance with state travel rules.