Archive for April, 2015

Managing Mitsubishi MU-2 Insurance

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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+.