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
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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!

Testimonials:
“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+.

14 Year Old to Build BushCat Aircraft

May 4th, 2016
Rachel feels right at home in the BushCat

Rachel feels right at home in the BushCat

Rachel St. Louis’s first flight in a small aircraft was in her father’s Cessna 172 at 9 years old. Upon taking the controls, she knew she belonged in the air. Last year she received a seaplane lesson and as the floats of the Piper Cub touched the glassy waters on 8 different lakes, her love for aviation was sealed. Rachel took this passion a step further and became determined to build her own aircraft. At EAA AirVenture 2016, Rachel will take delivery of a BushCat aircraft kit. She is only 14 years old and paid for it with the earnings from her jewelry business, Rachel’s Jewelry.

Rachel has always demonstrated creativity and determination through designing jewelry. Starting with plastic bead and cords, she soon upgraded her earrings and necklaces to metal and found herself managing a small table at a local Christmas fair. Six years later, Rachel now attends 21 craft fairs annually with her mobile showroom. Rachel’s business success helped pave the way for diving head first into the aviation industry. She plans to learn to fly in the BushCat she builds and hopes to attend college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. When asked what her dream aviation job would be, her answer was to fly the F22.
With the help of her family, Rachel did extensive research on which kit aircraft to purchase. Much to her dismay, not many people took her goal of building her own aircraft seriously.

Rachel prepares a custom jewelry piece at Sun 'n Fun

Rachel prepares a custom jewelry piece at Sun ‘n Fun

That was until she met the people at AeroSport, a Wisconsin based dealer of BushCat and Sling aircraft. The SkyReach BushCat comes in several options: experimental amateur built (EAB), and experimental light sport (ELSA), and a certified light sport (SLSA). All three models are available in conventional gear or tri-gear configuration. The Sling 2 claims to be the “highest quality, high performance LSA on the market”. Its big brother, the Sling 4, is the 4-seat experimental version of the aircraft featuring a 115hp turbocharged Rotax engine.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) is the official insurer of AeroSport and BushCat and Sling Aircraft. At Sun ‘n Fun 2016 AIR agents met Rachel at the AeroSport booth and were delighted to learn her story. All of the agents at AIR are pilots and have an immense passion for the industry they serve. So much so that they are offering a scholarship to further the aviation goals of future pilots like Rachel. The ‘Get into the Air‘ scholarship will be awarded at EAA AirVenture to the pilot or student pilot who best describes their motivation to be involved in the aviation industry. Applications are available online here.

No matter their background, each pilot (and future pilot) has a story to share just like Rachel. With persistence and determination there are no limits to what she may achieve. Whether you are a BushCat or Sling aircraft owner or builder, AIR looks forward to hearing your own story and assisting you with your aircraft insurance needs!

Take the Work out of Aviation Workers’ Compensation

April 21st, 2016

refuelingIn many states workers’ compensation insurance is required by law. While these policies are essential to protecting a business and its employees in the case of an injury, many aviation companies run into exclusions related to their type of business. An aviation workers’ compensation policy from an aviation insurance broker can ensure corporate flight departments, flight schools, maintenance shops and other aviation businesses are properly protected at a fair rate.

An Aviation Workers’ Compensation policy from Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) can provide the protection your business needs in a simple and straight forward process. All you need to get started is estimated annual salaries of your employees broken down into part and full time as well as their work assignments. With convenient benefits such as pay as you go, your audits will become easier and more predictable.

The insurance carrier can provide safety recommendations that can lead to a safer work environment that over time may lower your premium. Other options may include: foreign voluntary workers’ compensation, emergency international medical assistance, employers’ legal liability and extensions to include first responders.

AIR strives to take the hard work out of your aviation workers’ compensation insurance. With agents averaging over 30 years in the aviation insurance industry, business owners can take comfort that their risks are handled professionally by aviation insurance experts. Providing a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to fit each client’s needs, AIR is ready to serve you! To request an aviation insurance workers’ compensation or another aviation insurance quote call 877-247-7767 today!

What You Need to Know about the New Student Pilot Requirements

April 4th, 2016

Last week, the FAA put forth new rules in order to receive a student pilot license. While the student still must visit an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for their medical, they must visit a Flight Services District Office (FSDO), Part 141 flight school or a flight instructor to apply. The application will then be vetted by the TSA through their anti-terrorism program. After a few weeks, the student will receive a plastic student pilot certificate in the mail. Unlike previous student pilot certificates, the new format has no expiration date. There is no cost for this certificate.

How does this affect me?

While the new procedure takes a little more effort, the main concern with the new rule-making is the turn-around time receiving the student pilot certificate. Many accelerated pilot training programs would have to wait for the certificate to arrive prior to allowing the student to solo. The current estimated wait time is three weeks, although other sources estimate longer.

There is another issue with the new certification process that is causing some backlash. The applicant must be at least 16 years of age in order to apply for a student pilot certificate. Therefore, the long-celebrated 16th birthday solo may be a tradition of the past. Currently, work is being done to allow young students to apply prior to their 16th birthday.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) is not just an office full of insurance experts, it’s an office of pilots with a passion for the community they serve. That’s why we strive to keep you up to date on the latest developments in both the aviation insurance and aviation industry. AIR shops all of the major aviation insurance markets to obtain the best rates and broadest coverage. To receive aircraft insurance your quote today, apply online at www.air-pros.com or call 877-247-7767! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.