FBO Spotlight: Rider Jet Center

October 20th, 2016

Over ten years ago, a father and son team set out to create a fixed based operation (FBO) that had one focus: the customer experience. Both natives to Hagerstown, MD, Dave and Ben rider-jetRider established Rider Jet Center, a 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art aviation facility. Both ATPs and avid aviation enthusiasts, the Riders have fulfilled their mission ten-fold.

Although officially open from 5:00AM to 10:00PM daily, the Riders pride themselves in offering around the clock service as needed. Further fulfilling the customer experience is 10,000 square feet of office space to include a pilot lounge, snooze rooms, conference rooms, a pilot shop, and catering, hotel and rental car arrangements. Pilots from all over the nation depend on Rider Jet Center’s pristine facilities for superior services and comfort, exceeding expectations when compared to well-known chain FBOs. All levels of the aviation community receive top-notch attention, not just corporate flights.

“The customer is number one,” Dave says. “Our mission is to provide pilots, passengers and their aircraft with the highest level of safe and professional service in the industry. I have flown for over 40 years and have been to all kinds of FBOs, and while they all vary, I know what I expect when I go to an FBO. I think that’s what we’ve been able to provide here in Hagerstown.”

When the Riders aren’t hard at work, you will still find them at the airport flying in their airplanes or hangar flying with fellow pilots at local aviation events. The same goes for the agents and pilots of Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), whom the Riders have entrusted their insurance needs to since their inception. AIR specializes in aviation and can assist with any aviation-related risk, including FBO’s, no matter their size. To get started on your FBO insurance quote visit us online or call 877-247-7767 today!


Aircraft Insurance – Why You Need the Middle Man

October 12th, 2016

The Avemco Insurance Company has a simple advertisement stating “Talk to a decision-maker, not a middle man.” While the ad is catchy, it can be costly for you! Let’s look at why you need an agent working for you.

Avemco is a direct writer insurance company and sets their own rates. While the employee on the phone has the ability to make simple decisions based on their level of authority, they can only provide their company quotation and policy terms.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) serves you – not the insurance company. You will speak with a pilot and knowledgeable insurance agent who has access to all the major aviation insurance markets and will find you the best rates and broadest coverage available. Competition fuels industry rates, and it benefits aircraft owners to take advantage of this. Having access to multiple insurance carriers also provides flexibility when customizing the right policy before committing to one insurance company’s guidelines.

AIR can offer significant savings on your aircraft insurance. What are you waiting for? Get your quote today! Call our agent and pilots at 877-247-7767 or click here to request a quote online. To learn more about AIR you can find us at www.AIR-PROS.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!


Flight School Spotlight: Bravo Flight Training

October 6th, 2016

In 2001, Brenda Tibbs signed up for an introductory flight at an airshow at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD. Little did she know how one quick flight would quickly change her life. “I was hooked ever since!” she exclaimed.

Brenda began flight instruction immediately and would later become a flight instructor herself. After serving as a chief instructor at a local flight school, Brenda decided it was time to start her own school, Bravo Flight Training at the very airport where she first fell in love with aviation. Based out of the Signature FBO, Bravo Flight Training offers all levels of flight instruction including flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks. A Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) is also available on field.

Bravo’s growing fleet currently includes a Cessna 150 and Cessna 172. Within the next few weeks a Piper Arrow will be coming on board and there are plans to add a Cirrus in brendathe future. Online scheduling is available for ease of access to Bravo instructor and aircraft schedules. The Frederick Municipal Airport is located in Frederick, MD just outside of Washington D.C.’s Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) where Bravo offers superior training in this complex airspace.

The local pilot community benefits from the addition of Bravo Flight Training on their field. Recently, Bravo offered a free Aviation Jeopardy educational event and pilots have a “Meet the DPE” forum to look forward to on October 13th. To learn more about Bravo Flight Training visit https://www.bravoflighttraining.com/ or like their page on Facebook!

It all starts with flight schools in the general aviation industry. Whether you manage a start-up or established flight school, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) can obtain flight school, flight instructor and flight simulator insurance at a competitive rate for you. To find out more please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or complete our quick and easy flight school quote request today.

UAV Liability Coverage for Flight Instructors Now Available

September 23rd, 2016

With the UAV/UAS industry skyrocketing, drone operators are quickly finding themselves in need of liability coverage. While many insurance companies have developed policies to protect this ever-growing commercial industry, there has been lack in coverage for those providing UAV instruction…until now.

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, or SAFE, focuses on “fostering professionalism and excellence in aviation through continuing education, professional standards, and accreditation.” Through their exclusive partnership with Starr Aviation and Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), the SAFE Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) policy now extends coverage to the liability for negligent instruction, property damage, bodily injury and use of a non-owned drone.

The SAFE CFI policy includes coverage for piston powered single and multi-engine land or sea aircraft having a standard, experimental, restricted or light sport aircraft certificate. The recent extension to include UAVs makes the SAFE CFI policy the most extensive flight instruction policy on the market!

As the UAV industry continues to flourish, AIR will keep up to date with the latest industry trends and operator needs. To apply for a SAFE CFI policy click here today! If you own a UAV business, you may also request a UAV insurance quote online! To speak with one of our aviation insurance experts, please call us toll free at 877-247-7767.


Sling 2 Aircraft Soars Effortlessly at the Midwest LSA Expo

September 14th, 2016

Photo courtesy Midwest Sky Sports

Overcast skies did not subdue the excited pilots and exhibitors at the Midwest Sport Aviation Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois last weekend. As in years past, this free event welcomed aviation enthusiasts from around the nation to discover the latest the sport aviation industry has to offer. To Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) agent, Gregg Ellsworth, the Sling aircraft created the biggest draw.

Granted, Gregg’s opinion may be a bit biased as he quickly found himself strapped inside the Sling, enjoying the fresh breeze with the canopy pulled back, taxiing towards the runway. With the low ceiling, Gregg and instructor Andy Enos from Lapeer Flight Training in Lapeer MI, leveled off at 2,000 feet. Despite a chop in the air, Gregg performed steep turns and other maneuvers, finding the Sling to be sporty but stable and easy to fly.

“The Sling is an easy and simple aircraft to learn to fly in while still having great technological features such as the glass panel,” Gregg said after the flight. He added, “the view can’t be beat!”

AIR was instrumental in making insurance available for many new LSA aircraft entering the market and quickly became a leading LSA insurer. With access to all the aviation insurance markets, AIR is able to obtain the lowest available rates without compromising coverage. AIR is the official insurer of Lapeer Flight Training as well as Sling Dealers Midwest Sky Sports and AeroSport, both who were in attendance at the expo with their respective Sling 2 aircraft.

AIR provides a full range of aircraft insurance including other light sport aircraft such as the Flight Design, Czech Sportcruiser, CubCrafters, Evektor, Tecnam and more! AIR represents all of the major aviation insurance markets so we can offer you the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

For more information call 301-682-6200 or request a quote online today!


Insurance Benefits for The Cub Club members!

August 16th, 2016

As a member of The Cub Club you are eligible for certain benefits. Have you taken advantage of what The Cub Club’s official insurance provider has to offer? Since 1999 Piper Cub owners have placed their trust in Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). AIR is partnered with all of the major aircraft insurance markets therefore providing the broadest coverage at the best rates available. Furthermore, all of our agents are pilots. Aviation is not just an industry we work in, it’s a passion we share with our clients every day.

To get started on your official Cub Club aircraft insurance quote please call 877-247-7767 or apply online today and experience the difference! Be sure to mention that you are a member of The Cub Club!

“With AIR I found better coverage, lower deductibles and an annual premium 50% lower than Avemco.” Mike S., VA

“AIR brings together the knowledge required to find the best value for all of us, and they do it well.” Keith, Paul & Debbie P., CA

“The aviation industry requires professionals with a deep knowledge of industry and personal needs and AIR is an outstanding example of those attributes.” Steven S., OK


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Scholarship Awarded to Aircraft Dispatcher; Future Flight Instructor

July 25th, 2016

Scholarship Awarded to Aircraft Dispatcher; Future Flight Instructor

Oshkosh, WI June 25, 2016 – Leading aircraft insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), announced today the finalist in their inaugural “Get into the AIR” aviation scholarship. The competition was fierce but the AIR scholarship committee ultimately decided on an aircraft dispatcher that stood out from the rest of the applications, Caitlin Lyons.

Filled with lofty goals, Caitlin’s determination is unmatched. During her private pilot training, Caitlin lived in Manhattan without a car. Her commute to a general aviation airport consisted of 1 ½ hours by train followed by a three mile walk one way; all while working full time! Caitlin’s career change to an aircraft dispatcher has brought her to California where she has begun advanced training. She is a member of Girls with Wings, The Ninety-Nines and Women of Aviation. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking to others about aviation, especially women and children.

Caitlin will be using the $500 scholarship to kick start training for her instrument rating. She plans to complete her instrument rating, commercial rating, as well as her CFII and MEI within the next two years. You can keep up-to-date with Caitlin’s career progress on her blog at www.CessnaChick.com.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For updates on future scholarships or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

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Aviation Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching

May 25th, 2016

There are only a handful of days left to apply for a $500 aviation scholarship offered for student pilots and pilots to help further their training. Sponsored by Frederick based aviation insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), the “Get into the AIR” scholarship can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check or a check ride.

AIR is seeking an applicant whose essay and recommendation letter best describes their goals, drive and involvement in the aviation industry. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2016 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline to enter is June 15th. Scholarship applications are available for download at http://www.AIR-PROS.com/scholarship.php.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For scholarship questions or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

Cygnet Amphibious Trike Insurance

May 17th, 2016

Nothing can compare to the adrenaline rush of flying a weight shift amphibious trike over clear blue water and sandy beaches. The Airtime Aircraft Cygnet, a Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), is the ultimate all terrain aerial vehicle. Unlike many weight shift trikes, the tandem, two seat design allows a passenger to share in the adventure, too! Check out Evelyne’s first Cygnet flight below:

Pilots find the Cygnet to be a budget friendly aircraft due to low maintenance costs and the 4.2 gallons per hour average fuel burn. Furthermore, the 100 horsepower Rotax engine offers a 4-hour endurance cruising at 50 miles per hour. If you are eager to get the most out of your flying day, the Cygnet takes as little as 20 minutes to remove from its custom trailer and set up. In addition, the ability to depart from land or sea increases the pilot’s flexibility of departure point.

For years, Cygnet owners have faced dead ends when trying to obtain hull insurance on their aircraft, but not anymore! Thanks to the diligent work of Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) an affordable policy is now available. AIR shops all of the major aviation insurance carriers to obtain the best rate and broadest coverage on your aircraft insurance. The ability to work with all the markets allows AIR to insure unique and adventurous aircraft such as the Cygnet.

AIR President Jon Harden flew weight shift trikes for many years. “The experience of flying a weight shift trike can’t be beat,” he explained. “I’m thrilled that we can finally assist Cygnet owners with a policy that provides full coverage as well as liability only options at reasonable rates­.”

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

Know Your Aircraft – A Free Guide

May 11th, 2016

Prior to flight, it is important to familiarize yourself with the unique characteristics of the aircraft. Whether you are an aircraft owner, new student pilot, a rusty pilot, or borrowing an Cover Know Your Aircraftjpg_Page1unfamiliar plane, it can be helpful to have a quick reference guide about the aircraft to leaf through prior to flight. The pilots at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) have created just the resource, available for free, called “Know Your Aircraft”.

Know Your Aircraft is a useful eight-page booklet perfect to store inside your aircraft. Page one covers the basic aircraft and pilot information, followed by important self-maintenance items such as tire pressure and oil weight and capacity. Further in the book are areas to complete emergency procedures and V-speeds specific to the aircraft. A full colored spread is also included to quiz the owner on taxi and runway markings as well as tower light signals. Other topics covered are aviation weather, take-off and landing distances, and weight and balance.

Safe flying leads to aviation insurance discounts and safety was exactly what the pilots and agents at AIR had in mind when creating this booklet. To receive your FREE Know Your Aircraft booklet visit AIR at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI or click here to download it online today!

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+.