You won’t believe what plane agents discouraged pilots to purchase…

August 26th, 2015
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One of the greatest things about attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI every year is the people we get to meet. From new clients to old friends, there are often stories to be told. Unfortunately, these stories are not always the best. And we are not talking about aircraft accidents, either. What we noticed on several occasions this Oshkosh was several pilots coming up and telling us that their dream aircraft is out of reach because of insurance and that just is not true. Their insurance agent was discouraging them from reaching for their goals.

All aircraft insurance agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) are pilots and have dream aircraft of our own as well! While we’ll never discourage you from your aviation goals, we will be honest of the insurance costs behind your dream and what the aviation underwriters look for in pilot experience and training.

For example, while at the seaplane base at Oshkosh this year, agent Victoria Zajko spoke with a couple who were going to move to their dream home and purchase a seaplane. They had various models in mind and the husband and wife had different levels of pilot experience. They had been told by an insurance agent (who does not specialize in aircraft insurance) to get a more “basic” plane. After a discussion on their aviation history and goals, they came up with a plan to receive training in one float plane and upgrade after they had a few more hours floatplane under their belt.

At the AIR booth, one gentleman approached president of AIR, Jon Harden, about his worries of insuring an experimental aircraft. After some discussion about the cost benefits of an experimental aircraft as well as the fact that AIR shops all of the markets for the best rate, the pilot walked away with a little more skip in his step.

Victoria enjoys the Oshkosh seaplane base

Victoria enjoys the Oshkosh seaplane base

Whether transitioning to a more advanced aircraft, an experimental aircraft, or learning a new skill such as your seaplane rating, AIR can guide you through the aviation insurance process without leaving you discouraged. Let us

put our years of aviation and insurance expertise together to provide you with the best rate at the broadest coverage available for your dream aircraft.

To see how insurance agents who are also pilots can assist with your aviation dream, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 301-682-6200 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and receive your aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Oshkosh Offer: Discounted Aviation Children’s Book with Insurance Quote

July 1st, 2015

Soon, thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts will gather on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI for the 2015 EAA AirVenture. Featuring over 10,000 aircraft and a daily airshow, Oshkosh is the place toTurbo with Book be in July! Are you ready for all that it has to offer?

The pilots and agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) are getting excited to meet current and new clients at friends at the world’s largest airshow. Visit our booth in Building A, #1120 to receive the best aviation insurance rate and an Oshkosh-only special offer!

Special Oshkosh Offer:

In December 2012, Victoria Neuville Zajko, a commercial pilot and insurance agent at AIR flew to West Virginia to adopt a puppy from a local rescue. Turbo was the only appropriate name for the pup, who took to flying right from the beginning. Turbo loves to be in the air and is closing in on 100 hours logged in flight.

Inspired from Turbo’s real-life story, Zajko teamed up with newspaper publisher and friend Kelly Kennedy to create a children’s aviation book series, Turbo the Flying Dog. The first book tells shelter dog Turbo’s “tail” as he discovers he will finally have a new home and a family, but learns he must first get there by plane. Turbo has never seen a plane before, let alone flown in one, and as the story unfolds he discovers that he just may enjoy flying! Turbo’s second book, Turbo Learns to Fly, will release just in time for Oshkosh allowing young readers to follow Turbo as he takes his first flight lesson.

Victoria will be in the AIR booth with copies of books one and two from the Turbo series. She is offering a $2 discount on book purchases to those who request an aviation insurance quote during the show.

More about Turbo:

Authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Zajko describe the book as a light-hearted adventure for children ages four to eight focused on rescue, family, and aviation. Illustrated by Michelle Zajko, the bright colors and illustrations mimic the real Turbo and his aviation surroundings.

To learn more about the Turbo series, visit www.turbotheflyingdog.com. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

More about AIR:

All agents at AIR are pilots and come from a strong background in aviation. When you call AIR, you will always find yourself talking to a person who is as excited about your aircraft as you are. Whether you are looking for flying club insurance or flight school insurance, Cessna 150 insurance or King Air insurance, all of our agents at AIR will take your needs personally as if it were their own.

AIR works with all the major markets to obtain the best rates at the broadest coverage available. To save time and money on your aviation insurance please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive your aircraft insurance quote!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

Stop by our booth at Oshkosh: Building A, #1120 to hangar fly with us!

A Simple Path to UAV/UAS Insurance

June 11th, 2015

Unmanned aircraft is a fast growing segment of aviation. Remote aerial photography used for weddings or real estate videos, line patrol, surveillance, agriculture and conservation are just a few of trades that are successfully broadening their business with UAV/UAS use. But with this growth comes an increased risk of liability.

Unfortunately, there has been no simple way to get liability insurance for your drone…until now. Previously, operators of smaller UAVs like those used for aerial photography, have had to fill out volumes of paperwork before obtaining a UAV insurance quote. Now thanks to the ingenuity of the aviation insurance agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), there is a quick and easy way to apply for drone liability insurance!

As the UAV and UAS industry grows, AIR will keep abreast of the latest industry developments and operator needs, making sure you are properly insured for the future. To learn more about unmanned aircraft insurance through AIR, please call us at 877-247-7769 or download our UAV and UAS application today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

AIR to Display Pitts at AOPA Fly-in

June 3rd, 2015

PittsThe Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) is hosting aviation fly-ins around the country to meet its members and to join pilots and aviation enthusiasts together. All the fun kicked off on May 16th at Salinas Municipal Airport. The second event of the year will be this Saturday, June 6th at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD.

The event takes off at 6:30pm on Friday with a barnstormers party featuring a screening of the documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes”. A pancake breakfast and a Rusty Pilots Seminar are set for Saturday morning. The event continues with a day of aircraft exhibits and free seminars. At 2:45pm AOPA president, Mark Baker, will conduct a Pilot Town Hall meeting followed by an ice cream social. The event closes at 4pm.

The aircraft insurance specialists at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) will have AIR President Jon Harden’s yellow and black Pitts S1S Biplane on display. Aviation plays an important role in the lives of the agents and pilots at AIR and those in the Frederick Home Office spend many a day flying (and hangar flying) out at KFDK.

AIR provides a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to clients of all sizes. AIR represents all of the major insurance markets and offers the broadest package of protection and the best available rates. To learn more about the Aviation Insurance Resources, please call 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and receive an aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow AIR on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

DC Flying Club Serves Pilots for 40+ Years

May 27th, 2015

InnFlyingClubIn July 1967 15 pilots met around a table at the Charcoal Inn in Gaithersburg, MD. After that organizational meeting the Inn Flying Club, named after that very restaurant was formed.  This not-for-profit flying club has been serving student pilots and pilots in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area continuously ever since.

Historically, the Inn Flying Club has owned several Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, as well as a Cessna 182 and Cessna 207. Currently, they are the proud owners of an IFR equipped Cessna Skyhawk. Each aircraft that has been owned by the club is meticulously cared for by experienced members of the club. Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics and certified flight instructors are also members of therefore ensuring safe flying through aircraft care and flight training.

Join Inn!

A popular method for cutting aircraft ownership costs is by simply sharing the expenses. This can be done by getting a partner in the aircraft or joining a flying club like the Inn Flying Club. When someone buys a share in an aircraft partnership or a flying club, the annual aircraft costs are distributed amongst the group, resulting in less out of pocket expenses and more time in the air for the pilot.

The Inn Flying club is currently accepting applications for new members! Please visit here to read about the application process.

Flying Club Insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources

At AIR, we provide a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products, including Flying Club Insurance. We pride ourselves on finding the insurance policy that best meets the needs of ALL of your members, no matter the size of the club or the type of aircraft. AIR agents believe in serving your flying clubs needs with integrity, by informing the club of all the necessary options to cover your insurance risk. AIR represents all of the major aviation insurance markets, so it is no surprise that we offer the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

To find out more about Flying Club Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and receive an Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

 

AIR Assists with Air Ambulance Insurance

May 20th, 2015

Each day, numerous aircraft provide lifesaving medical transports. Air ambulances transfer individuals out of dangerous situations and direct to a hospital for medical treatment as well as provide comfortable transport for non-emergency patients that require specific care. The NTSB estimates that over 4.3 million individuals have been transported by this method since 1972.

According to the FAA, around 1,515 helicopters are operated by air ambulance companies in the United States. These rotorcraft perform around 400,000 transports each year compared to about 150,000 performed by fixed wing aircraft. With industry growth more than tripling since the 1980’s, helicopters have become the hastiest way to save an individual’s life in the case of a medical emergency.

Around one third of rotorcraft in the global market are produced by Airbus Eurocopter. Commonly used for air ambulance services, the EC130 and AS350 Ecureuil models offer low operating costs while flying faster and further than ever before. Bell and Agusta helicopters also make up a large majority of air ambulance rotorcraft fleets.

For more long range medical services, aerial ambulance programs depend on fixed wing aircraft. Ranging from twin engine, twin turbine and jet propelled aircraft, fixed wing air ambulances provide transport for high risk patients in a comfortable and private setting. In addition to professional air ambulance carriers, many patient airlift charities exist as well.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) would like to thank the dedicated professionals piloting air ambulances and the paramedics who treat and monitor the patients in flight.  We assist this life-saving industry by shopping all of the aviation insurance markets to provide the best air ambulance insurance rates at the broadest coverage available. To support your air ambulance business, give AIR a call at 301-682-6200 or request a quote online today!

More Options Available Now for Skydive Operators

May 13th, 2015

One of the ultimate thrills is to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Since the first parachute jump in 1797 from a balloon above Paris, adrenaline junkies have been depending on skydive business to transport them safely to the skies so they can freefall back to the ground again.IMG_1125

For many years skydiving companies have been limited to an individual insurance carrier for their piston single engine skydive operations. Now thanks to a premier partnership between Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) and Starr Aviation, a more competitive policy solution is available. Benefits of this new skydiving policy include: favorable deductibles, higher limits of liability and lower rates.

Dive into better aircraft insurance rates with AIR! Serving our fellow pilots for over 17 years, AIR understands the unique challengers an aviation centered business may face. Call Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) at 301-682-6200 or complete an online request for your skydiving insurance quote today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Why is Bruce the Pilot “So Very Happy”?

May 6th, 2015

Bruce Jenkins and his wife, Barbara fly a Piper Arrow out of Frederick, MD. Bruce shares with us his history in aviation and how flying and placing his insurance with Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has made him “so very happy”.

As a product of the World War II generation, I was always interested in airplanes and flying. As a young boy, whenever an airplane would pass over I’d be looking up to see if I could identify it. We lived in the country about 20 miles west of Rochester, NY so there wasn’t a great deal of air traffic and most of it was visible because it flew at the mid-altitudes. There was also the occasional Stearman crop duster to watch on our Bruce Jenkinsneighbors’ farms.

When I attended college I took a few lessons in the J3 Cubs the university owned but never soloed because I couldn’t afford the $6/hour rental. That was the dual rate, wet. Those were the days when everything was about 25 cents: a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of beer, a gallon of high-test gasoline, a bowling game, etc.

As soon as I could afford it after graduation from Purdue, getting a job, getting married, buying a house, and doing all the things my generation was expected to do I found one of the local flight schools in Rochester, NY and started taking lessons in Piper Cherokees. I later bought a Cherokee 140 with a partner and earned my instrument rating in that airplane. At the same time my wife became interested in pursuing her private license. We then bought our 1969 Arrow in 1976 and have had it ever since.

All of our flights to different destinations, especially to the west coast, have been some of my favorites. When you can experience something so different from any experience you’ve previously had, that certainly makes an impression. I also remember some of my flights, usually solo, when the sky was so beautiful at sunrise or sunset that I didn’t really want to land.

The best advice I could offer regarding aviation is: “Don’t Wait” If you want to start flying start as soon as you can. If you want to work on additional ratings, start as soon as you can. Because the more you fly, the sooner you add proficiency, the safer you will be as a pilot and the more you will enjoy flying.

After insuring with one direct writing company for years I finally called Aviation Insurance Resources. They saved me over 29%! Jon is the very best insurance agent I have met regarding service and taking an interest in his customers. I also consider him a friend. Interestingly, my very first flight instructor (after college) now owns an airport and FBO in upstate New York (5G0) and has his insurance through AIR, too. All I can say to the professionals at Aviation Insurance Resources is “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy!”

Are you a current client and friend of ours? We’d love to hear how we have made you “So Very Happy”, too! Are you new to AIR? We’d want to make you happy as well! As fellow aircraft owners, AIR understands your needs and challenges in owning an aircraft and/or aviation business. We are aviation insurance experts, providing a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to clients of all sizes. We represent all of the major aviation insurance markets so we can offer you the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

To learn more about the Aviation Insurance Resources, please call 301-682-6200 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to complete an online quote request! You can also follow AIR on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Managing Mitsubishi MU-2 Insurance

April 29th, 2015
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Photo from MU-2aircraft.com

For corporate or cargo operations or perhaps just family flying, the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop is a perfect aircraft for a pilot or owner wanting something large and fast. Reaching cruise speeds of 320 knots and a range of up to 1,600 miles, Aviation Safety Magazine recently highlighted the MU-2 reporting how this aircraft’s past reputation has greatly improved since the FAA changed the training requirements in this model.

Produced in the late 60’s through the 1980’s, the MU-2 came in two variations: the short body featuring 6-8 seats and the long body that can be equipped with 8 to 14 seats. But it’s not the size of this aircraft that caused pilots to determine it was difficult to fly. As Dave Higdon highlights in Aviation Safety, a closer look needed to be taken at pilot training in the MU-2.

In 2009 the FAA took an unprecedented step to secure safer flying in the MU-2 by mandating a type rating for all who fly it. Currently, only aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds require a type rating. The Special Federal Aviation Rule 108 (SFAR 108) lays out the standardized training that has greatly reduced the number of fatalities in the seven years since it was implemented.

Aircraft insurance carriers are becoming more open to insuring the MU-2 and AIR shops all of them, therefore, obtaining the best terms in the market. If you are a current or prospective MU-2 owner, know that you have options. AIR will help explore them for you.

To learn more about how Aviation Insurance Resources can assist you with your Mitsubishi MU-2 or other twin turboprop insurance, please call 301-682-6200. You may also visit AIR PROS.com today and request your insurance quote online!

Pups that Fly!

April 22nd, 2015
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Matthew Keiner on a rescue flight

Flying out of his home base in New Jersey and headed south is airline transport pilot, Matthew Kiener in his Piper Saratoga. But this is not your ordinary flight, on his way home Matthew will have a special package – dogs!  Matthew is the founder of FlyPups, Inc., an organization that transports at-risk dogs in high kill shelters and matches them up with a rescue or non-kill shelter in the north.  FlyPups has flown thousands of miles rescuing hundreds of puppies and dogs from being euthanized.  FlyPups has recently teamed up with an organization that trains dogs for service to veterans.  Their fist trip brought eight potential service dogs from Florida to Pennsylvania. FlyPups is excited & honored to be in a position to give back to those who have served our country so heroically.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) knows the importance of the work at FlyPups. That is why each year we shop Matthew’s insurance with all the aviation insurance markets to ensure he is obtaining the best rates and a policy that fits his needs. We save Matthew time and money so he can focus on what he does best: giving shelter dogs a second chance.

FlyPups motto is: “Where dogs find hope, and people find friends.” On Mathew’s first dog rescue flight, he found his forever friend in a beagle mix he named Piper.

Finding a Home at AIR

AIR agent Victoria Neuville Zajko also found her four legged co-pilot through aviation. Victoria and her husband, Bob, rescued their dog Turbo in 2012. They flew to West Virginia in their Glasair to pick him up and Turbo has logged over 75 hours flying along with them ever since. He has been to Canada, the Bahamas, and many points in between.

Turbo quickly took to flight and his story inspired Victoria to write one of her own. With co-author Kelly Kennedy and illustrator Michelle Zajko the Turbo the Flying Dog children’s book series developed. Promoting animal rescue and teaching kids about aviation, Turbo the Flying Dog is best for children ages 4 to 8. Book two, Turbo Learns to Fly¸ will be released June 13th.

FlyPups…to the Rescue!

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Victoria and Turbo the Flying Dog

There are many ways to support FlyPups! You can purchase fun FlyPups merchandise or donate online. To get in touch with this pawesome rescue you can call 740-FLY-PUPS or email them at FlyPupsInc(at)gmail.com, and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Flypups. To learn more visit: www.FlyPups.org

Turbo the Flying Dog

Take to the skies with Turbo the Flying Dog in his book series or follow his real life adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! You can order his book at Amazon.com or on TurbotheFlyingDog.com. While you’re there, check to see if he’ll be flying to an airport near you!

We love what we do

Whether it’s flying with our pooches or flying with our friends, all agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) share an immense passion for aviation. We’d love to hear about your special aviation missions or favorite furry co-pilot! To get a quick aircraft insurance quote, complete our online form or call us at 877-247-7767 today! If you are looking to learn more about AIR visit us online at www.air-pros.com today!