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!

Your Sun ‘n Fun Packing Checklist

April 15th, 2015

Each year, thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts descend upon Lakeland, Florida for a week of fun, sun and of course, aviation! This year’s international fly-in is Tuesday, April 21st through Sunday, April 26th. Guest performers includsun n fun 2e  the USAF Thunderbirds, the Breitling Jet Team, the Patriot Jump Team, Rob Holland, Jacquie Warda, Mike Goulian, Greg Koontz, Melissa Pemberton and many more! Are you ready?

For the Flight Line

The excitement of the airshow starts on the flight line. To ensure the most enjoyable experience, make sure you pack a few helpful items:

 -Hat

-Sunscreen

-Sunglasses

-Chair, cushion or blanket

-Camera

-Extra batteries/SD card

-Water

 

Aircraft Camping

Camping with your aircraft is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the Sun ‘n Fun experience. Don’t forget to pack: Sun n fun 1

 -Sun ‘n Fun NOTAMS

-Window sign designating which camping area you are going to:

GAC General Aircraft Camping

GAP General Aircraft Parking

HB/HBC Homebuilt/Homebuilt Camping

HC Handicapped

ONC Overnight Aircraft Camping

SP Seaplane Parking

VAC Vintage Aircraft Camping/Parking

-Aircraft tie downs

-Aircraft sun shades and/or covers

-Toiletry items, towels and flip flops for showering areas

-Power strips for charging phones, tablets, etc.

 

Shopping for an aircraft:

Sun ‘n Fun offers the perfect opportunity to scope out a new aircraft with a plethora of dealers offering anything from experimental to certified aircraft. It helps to come prepared:

 -Know what you need: Light sport? Fixed wing? Rotor wing? Amphibious?

-What is important to you? Aircraft size? Efficiency? Performance? Speed?

-Money: know your financing options and decide on a budget

-Have a list of questions ready. Meet and discuss these with aircraft dealers

-Insurance: call your aircraft insurance specialist at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) for an insurance quote!

 

Every year Sun ‘n Fun brings the pilot community together for a week to celebrate aviation and the team at Aviation Insurance Resources always looks forward to it! Are you ready?

To learn more about how Sun ‘n Fun or Aviation Insurance Resources, please contact us by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and request an aircraft insurance quote online! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Aircraft Spotlight: Insuring Glasair Aircraft

April 8th, 2015

Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft Company was founded in 1979 as a manufacturer of kit airplanes, specifically the Glasair TD, which is a side by side, fiberglass airframe with conventional landing gear. The prototype was powered byGlasair an IO-360 engine and capable of 200 MPH cruise speeds and +6/-4 G ratings and roll rate of 140 degrees per second.  The Glasair model was the first kit to introduce pre-molded airframe sections, which greatly reduced the time required to complete a kit. The original Glasair branched out into 3 different gear configurations- a retractable, tri-gear, and tailwheel.

The company retired the original Glasair in 1989 in favor of the Glasair Super II, also available in retractable, tri-gear, and tailwheel configurations.  The airplane was very similar to the Glasair I but with some aerodynamic tweaks to achieve a 220 MPH cruise with the typical 200HP IO360 engine. Around the same time, Stodard Hamilton came out with the Glasair III, which is available only with retractable gear and designed for IO540, 300+ HP engines, although some builders choose to add turbocharged power plants, even a few were built with turbine engines.  A typical Glasair III cruises around 280 MPH or more at sea level. Glasair III’s with aerobatic modifications such as inverted oil/fuel and smoke systems have been used by airshow pilots, and performance-modified Glasairs commonly place in the top 5 in the Reno Air Races, including some first place finishes.

In the mid 1990’s, the company developed a high-wing kit plane, known as the GlaStar, to give customers looking for a more versatile option besides the high performance Glasair models.  In 2001 Stoddard-Hamilton was sold in bankruptcy and became the Glasair Aviation Company.  The GlaStar was developed into the Sportsman 2+2, a 4 seat version of the GlaStar available in tri-gear or tailwheel configurations typically powered by 180-210 HP engines.  The Sportsman is commonly fitted with tundra tires, STOL kits, or floats and perform well as bush planes..  The Sportsman can be built under the company’s “Two Weeks To Taxi” program, where perspective builders work at the Glasair factory side by side with Glasair employees to build their kit. After 2 weeks have a plane that is mostly complete and ready for interior and avionics. In 2012 the company was purchased by a Chinese business which intends to keep production in Arlington, WA and produce a certified LSA model for the American and Chinese training markets, while still producing the Sportsman and Glasair kits.  The Merlin LSA prototype first flew in 2014 with a 100HP Rotax engine and Dynon glass panel avionics.  The Glasair line offers pilots a more cost effective option looking for high performance, backcountry, or light-sport aircraft that are not available on the certified market.

Our Agents are Pilots

Victoria Neuville of Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) regularly flies a Glasair I RG alongside her husband Bob. Each weekend you can see them speeding to different airports along the east coast.

“The Glasair is a great cross country aircraft, it is fast and very responsive,” Victoria explained. “I love assisting future and current Glasair owners with their insurance. I know what companies are the most competitive for this type of experimental aircraft, because I have to shop for our Glasair insurance as well! At AIR, we even offer a low cost policy option for those building their Glasair or any other experimental project.”

Whether you are an experienced Glasair pilot or this is a transition aircraft for you, AIR has the insurance solution! The agents and pilots at AIR shop ALL of the major aircraft insurance markets competitive for the type of flying you do. To find out more about Glasair insurance please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive complete and online aircraft insurance quote request!

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Flight School Spotlight: Fleming Aviation

April 1st, 2015

With just one visit to Fleming Aviation’s flight school, potential and current pilots know they are entering some place special. In a day and age where businesses want to pump through customers and hit the fast pay day, Fleming FlemingAviation remembers to focus on what’s important: sharing the love of aviation with others.

Not only is Fleming Aviation the leading Light Sport Pilot (LSA) training center in central Maryland, they can assist pilots in the purchase of light sport aircraft. Fleming Aviation is the mid-Atlantic representative for the CSA SportCruiser as well as the Northeastern Region dealer for the Groppo Trail aircraft.

Even though they sell and promote LSA training, Fleming Aviation is equipped to instruct pilots in private training and instrument flight training in two locations: Davis Airport in Laytonsville, MD and Hyde Field in Clinton, MD. The Fleming fleet consists of three PiperSport LTD aircraft, and an IFR certified AMD Alarus CH2000.

Flight School Insurance from AIR

Just as pilots with Fleming Aviation know there is something special about the flight school, pilots who shop their aircraft insurance with Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) get that feeling, too! All agents at AIR are pilots or 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 flight school insurance or flying club 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. We are our own clients!

Take to the Air with Fleming Aviation

With two convenient locations in Laytonsville and Clinton, MD, Fleming Aviation is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and by appointment. Contact them via email at info(at)flemingaviation.com or call 240-252-5181 today!

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

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

An Insurance Solution for Seaplane Renters

March 26th, 2015

An_Insurance_Solution_For_Seaplane_RentersFilling a void that has long been an issue, a premier partnership between Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) with Starr Aviation introduces the NEW Seaplane Non-Owners coverage!

Available for both personal use and for flight instructors, this program covering fixed wing single engine non-pressurized seaplane aircraft is offered nowhere else! A perfect product for seaplane training and rental operations, this seaplane renters insurance protects both parties from potential financial loss.

As pilots and current aircraft renters and borrowers themselves, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) understands the value of non-owned aircraft insurance. That’s why they’ve provided a quick and easy way for flight schools to offer their renters and pilots to obtain renters insurance. AIR strives to provide the best policy at the best premium in every situation and the new AIR and Starr Non Owned Seaplane policy checks all of those boxes. AIR has also partnered with Starr to offer personal non-owned aircraft liability protection in standard, experimental, multi-engine and helicopter aircraft as well as an exclusive SAFE CFI policy program.

About Starr Aviation

With each team member, on average, enjoying over 15 years of aviation insurance experience, Starr Aviation is highly competent, allowing them to be a major provider of insurance for varying aircraft hull & liability risks. Starr offers comprehensive coverage for an extensive range of aircraft hull and liability exposure and their experienced underwriters develop programs tailored to each of these specific risks, including fixed and rotor wing aircraft for both commercial and corporate operations. To learn more about Starr Companies, visit them online at: https://www.starrcompanies.com

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

As they enter their 17th year of serving the aviation community, AIR continues to provide a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to clients of all sizes, providing them with the best rates at the broadest coverages available. Talk to an AIR pilot today! For more information on Aviation Insurance Resources, visit them online at: http://www.air-pros.com

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Insures Lancair Owners and Builders

March 25th, 2015

With 2,100 kits sold in more than 34 countries, Lancairs are known as the epitome of high performance experimental aircraft. With various models to fit any pilots’ needs, the all-composite LaLancairncair aircraft are sleek, fast, and most importantly, fun!

Two seat Lancair Aircraft

Founded by Lance Neibauer, the first Lancair prototype, the two seat Lancair 200, flew in 1984 and the kit entered production in 1985. This was soon followed by the Lancair 235 in 1986 with an extra boost of power and then came the Lancair 320 and 360 series.

These Lancair series are no longer in production. Pilots looking for a two seat Lancair featuring the speed they are known for need to look no further than the Legacy Aircraft series. The Lancair Legacy can be equipped with 210 or 310 horsepower engines and in a fixed gear or retractable gear configuration. Lancair Legacies boast speeds of 250mph while only burning 14 gallons per hour. For more daring pilots, the RG-550/R Lancair option is available for Sport and Super Sport Air Racing.

Four Seat Lancair Aircraft

Pilots looking for a four seat Lancair aircraft can opt for the Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, the Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P and the Lancair Propjet. The Lancair ES is tricycle gear and reaches cruise speeds of 215mph with its 310hp engine. The ES-P features the same exhilarating speeds while offering a pressurized option. A twin turbocharged 350hp power engine and retractable gear help the Lancair IV and IP’s hit speeds of 253mph. A Lancair IV, N6ZQ, is currently pending a new speed record for its recent flight around the world in just over 24 days. Replace the engine with a 750 horse power Walter M601E turboprop engine and you will have the Lancair IV’s predecessor, the PropJet. Propjet pilots can fly far with cruise speeds of 375mph at flight levels and a climb rate of 4,000 feet per minute.

Lancair Evolution

Deserving a paragraph of its own is the Lancair Evolution. Built with certified aircraft standards in mind but with the speed Lancair is known for, the pressurized Evolution cruises at 345mph. With a stall speed of only 61 knots make handling a very powerful aircraft more safe.

Always Evolving

Lancair went certified in 1997 under a new company, Columbia, introducing the Columbia 300 in 1998. The Columbia 400 followed two years after with an all glass cockpit. Later, the aircraft was sold to Cessna and renamed the Cessna TTX.

Lancair Insurance

Whether you are a current Lancair owner, purchasing one or building one, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has the Lancair insurance solution for you:

Lancair Builders/Restorers Risk Insurance: AIR offers a builders and restorers insurance program designed to protect the aircraft during the building or restoring stage regardless of pilot experience and qualifications. Customized with your needs in mind, this new insurance plan offers flexible liability and hull coverage options.

Current and Potential Lancair Owners: The aircraft insurance experts at AIR shop all of the major aircraft insurance markets to provide Lancair owners with the best available rates. Just one phone call to AIR will save you both time and money!

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+.

 

A Tour through Aerial Sightseeing Insurance

March 18th, 2015

IMG_20141115_113700A tourist elects to take scenic flight over the Alaskan wilderness while on vacation. Or maybe they are visiting the Grand Canyon and would prefer an aerial view. While visiting friends in Florida, another couple detours for a quick seaplane romantic sunset adventure. Aerial tour operators provide locals and tourists with a unique view of the land all while introducing them to an exciting mode of transportation.

Aerial tours are nonstop flights flown within a 25 mile radius of the departing airport. Each commercial aerial tour provider is required to apply for and obtain a letter of authorization. Popular aircraft for scenic flight tours can range from small four place aircraft to large helicopters. Some companies even provide an extra twist to the flight with biplanes, glider rides and warbird flights.

Here are just a few aerial tour operators we love:

-Florida tour operator, Jones Brothers & Co. Seaplane Adventures, flies vacationers in several Cessnas on floats as well as a Twin Seabee.

-Head north to Burlington, VT to enjoy aerial sightseeing rides over Lake Champlain with Vermont Flight Academy in their Piper PA12 floatplane!

-From fall foliage flights to Christmas light flights, two to three people can hop aboard a Duffy’s Aircraft Cessna 172 for a flight over Marshfield, WI.

-Explore the mountainous views of Northwest Montana with Kootenai Aviation. They also provide air taxi, real estate and aerial survey services.

-Air Reldan of Louisiana offers a variety of fun sightseeing tours with titles such as “Wine & Cheese Flight”, “Mile high Club Flight” “Joy Rides” and even custom flights in turbo prop aircraft

Aerial Tour Operator Insurance

The aircraft insurance experts at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) became pilots because they fell in love with the view from above. AIR agents shop all the major aviation insurance markets to ensure their customers receive the best rate, so they can keep their business soaring high. To get started on your sightseeing insurance quote, please call 877-247-7767 or complete a quick quote request form online! You can also follow AIR on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

 

Flying Club Spotlight: The Reading Aero Club

March 11th, 2015

Reading Aero 2015.3.11Reading Regional Airport (KRDG) in Reading, PA is home to one of the oldest continuously operated not-for-profit flying clubs in the United States. Officially founded in 1932 but with roots as early as 1929, the Reading Aero Club has been serving pilots for over eight decades. The clubhouse based on the west ramp of RDG does not resemble its predecessor at their original airfield which was dubbed by its first club members as the “chicken shack”. The modern day clubhouse serves as a location for meetings, social gatherings and a point of contact for aircraft rental. The area is bustling with the activity of 45 pilot members flying two flying club aircraft.

Reading Aero Club history shows the club starting out with two Curtiss-Wright Juniors, then ownership of a Travelair biplane and several Aeroncas. Today, two IFR equipped and meticulously maintained aircraft reside in the club’s hangar: a Piper Archer III and a Cessna 172SP.

The aircraft are available for use by flying club members at inexpensive rates for anything from day trips to instruction. Three member flight instructors are available for student pilots or for those adding on additional ratings. The flying club websites contains an excellent graphic showing student pilots the money they’ll save while flying with the Reading Aero Club versus a typical flight school.

The club has also been very active in giving back through volunteer flights with Angel Flight East, Veterans Airlift Command and Animal Rescue Flights. They are also involved in Reading’s World War II Weekend and Christmas in the air.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has been assisting the Reading Aero Club with their flying club insurance needs for over 15 years. Offering flying club insurance to clubs of all sizes, AIR works with all the major markets to obtain the best rates at the broadest coverage available. Obtaining a quote for your flying club is as easy as calling 877-247-7767 or complete a flying club insurance quote form online today!

More on the Reading Aero Club

Pilots looking for a low cost flying option, while developing new friendships with others who share the same passion for aviation need to look no further than the Reading Aero Club. With over 80 years of continuous operation, joining the Reading Aero Club is joining a piece of aviation history. To learn more and to complete an online membership application visit www.readingaeroclub.org. To learn more about the unique history of this club visit the Berks history Center website.

Exclusive Insurance Benefits for Cirrus Owners

March 4th, 2015

Cirrus 2015.3.4The Cirrus SR20 received a type certificate in October 1998 and the Cirrus SR 22 followed in November of 2000. The Cirrus brand was quickly on the minds of pilots looking for the latest in advanced aviation technology and safety featuring the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and an all glass cockpit with Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). However, these safety features are only as good as the pilot behind the stick. With the new COPA Insurance Program offered by Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) through Starr Aviation, Cirrus owners that are members of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) will be rewarded for safe flying.

Aviation Insurance Discounts

Through the COPA Insurance Program, Cirrus owners who are claim free will receive a return on a portion of their hull premium upon renewal! Other discounts include 20% off for completing annual training and a 5% credit for attending Cirrus Critical Decision Making seminars.

Further Benefits

Aviation insurance discounts are not the only benefit of having a COPA Insurance Program policy. Additional program benefits include:

-An increase to $10,000 Medical Pay

-Expanded policy territory in include Central and South America

-Accident Forgiveness

-Gold Level Expanded Coverage Endorsement (includes rental to named pilots, aircraft value appreciation coverage, premises coverage and more!)

-Guaranteed renewal as long as the pilot is a COPA member in good standing and is current with CPPP.

Program Qualifications

To qualify for the COPA Insurance Program, Cirrus owners must be a current COPA member and be a private pilot with an instrument rating between the ages of 25 and 70. In addition, pilots must have at least 500 hours total time and 250 hours in Cirrus aircraft. Annual recurrent training with the Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) must be completed within last 12 months of policy inception or prior to policy inception.

Get your Cirrus Aircraft Insurance Quote today!

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) represents all of the major aviation insurance markets, offering the broadest package of protection at the best available rates. We build relationships with our pilot clients and aviation insurance companies that result in premier policies like the COPA Insurance Program. To get started on your insurance quote today, call an AIR aircraft insurance specialist at 301-682-6200 or complete a quote request form online today!

About Starr Aviation

With each team member, on average, enjoying over 15 years of aviation insurance experience, Starr Aviation is highly competent, allowing them to be a major provider of insurance for varying aircraft hull & liability risks. Starr offers comprehensive coverage for an extensive range of aircraft hull and liability exposure and their experienced underwriters develop programs tailored to each of these specific risks, including fixed and rotor wing aircraft for both commercial and corporate operations. To learn more about Starr Companies, visit them online at: https://www.starrcompanies.com

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

All of the agents at Aviation Insurance Resources are pilots so they understand the aviation industry’s needs. Aviation is not just an industry they work in; it is a passion they live every day. They strive to provide the best policy at the best premium in every situation. Talk to an AIR pilot today! For more information on Aviation Insurance Resources, visit them online at: http://www.air-pros.com