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Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Agents Cannot be Replicated

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”

― Oscar Wilde

Time and time again, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) spots something familiar in competitors’ ads. Our slogans, premium comparison marketing campaigns, and even our company name have been replicated in print. These copycat trends continue to prove one fact: AIR is the aviation insurance broker to watch.

After 17 years with direct aviation insurance writer, Avemco, Jon Harden founded AIR in 1999. Based on a foundation of providing service with integrity for pilots, by pilots; AIR was and always will be comprised of agents that intimately know the aviation industry. Every agent at AIR is a pilot and many have owned their own aircraft.

Jon Harden – the founder of AIR is a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) and currently owns a Pitts S1 and a Cessna 180. Last summer his daughter became a pilot as well.

Chris Wolbert – an Embry Riddle graduate, Chris is a commercial and multi engine rated pilot. He’s been flying since 1990 and is one of the founders of AIR.

Gregg Ellsworth – has been a private pilot since the 70s. He is also an Embry Riddle graduate with an aviation management degree.

Jon Shimer – an A&P and private pilot with instrument and multi engine ratings, Jon has flown over 65 different models of aircraft. He has owned a Pitts Special and a J-3 Cub. He also performs with the Alabama Boys airshow act.

John Sweeney – learned to fly at Winged Spartans Flying Club of Michigan State University in 1969 and is a CFI. He has 37 years of experience in the aviation insurance industry and his first insurance job was as an aviation claims adjuster.

Victoria Neuville – an instrument rated commercial pilot, Victoria’s spare time is also centered around aviation. She can be found promoting her children’s book series, Turbo the Flying Dog and co-hosting the Stuck Mic AvCast aviation podcast.

Patrick Smith – Patrick is AIR’s only lighter-than-air pilot and commercial CFII. When the sun rises and sets, Patrick is busy flying with his hot air balloon business, Tailwinds Over Frederick.

Joe Ruck – firefighter turned pilot, Joe is also a CFI. He looks forward to being able to sign off his three great nephews and two grandsons for their first solos one day.

Joe Cacho – a private pilot, Joe joined the original members of the AIR team in 1999. He is also an Embry Riddle graduate and favorite place to fly is in the Florida Keys.

Bill Snead – the newest agent at AIR is not by any means new to the business. With over 35 years of aviation insurance experience, Bill is a commercial pilot and flies gliders.

As you can see in each short biography above, every pilot at AIR brings unique aviation experience to the table. This group of aviation insurance agents simply cannot be replicated. The next time you see an aviation insurance ad, think twice if it is unique, or simply mimicking something greater.

Serving our fellow pilots for over 18 years, AIR understands the budgeting needs of aircraft owners and aviation business operators. We shop all the major aviation insurance markets to provide the broadest coverage at the lowest rates. Call Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) at 301-682-6200 or complete an online quote request to start saving today!

 

Chelsea Gets into the AIR thanks to Scholarship

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Over the summer, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) awarded their annual Get into the AIR scholarships to two inspiring female pilots. Today, we are checking in with Chelsea Dorman. CChelsea 1st lessonhelsea is currently the program coordinator at the College Park Aviation Museum. She guides young aviators daily on tours and activities all about aviation at the oldest continuously operating airport in the world. Now, she finally is taking to the skies herself.

Thanks to the Get into the AIR Scholarship, Chelsea has started lessons out of Potomac Airfield in Friendly, MD. With the skyline of Washington D.C. in the distance and the traffic from National above her, Chelsea’s lessons have focused on the importance of awareness of the airspace around her.

Her flight instructor is a friend which makes for a comfortable and fun learning environment. Chelsea says that her taxiing still takes some work, however, is getting more confident in the air after each lesson. “There’s so much to cover, but I feel like I’m making good headway,” she explained.

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 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!

Compare Rates & Save on Aircraft Insurance

Friday, October 20th, 2017

A simple internet search will lead to a plethora of websites ready to compare rates from vacations to hotels and insurance. Almost anyone can easily identify Flo from Progressive Insurance, that cheery face advertising the one-stop insurance shop for auto and home insurance. Today, it has never been easier to compare and ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck…and that includes aircraft insurance!

The cheery faces at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) may be a bit different from Flo’s. You may see them with windblown hair following an open cockpit airplane flight or losing their voice after running an outreach event at a local airport. But what they have in common with this fictional insurance agent is that they compare rates to obtain the best rate and the broadest coverage on your aircraft insurance!

To do this, AIR shops all the major aviation insurance markets. They work closely with aviation underwriters and know the ins and outs of owning or renting an aircraft because they are pilots themselves! As an example, AIR can save a pilot up to 50% on their aircraft insurance and 6% on renter’s insurance when compared to the only aviation insurance direct writer, Avemco.

Do yourself a favor and start saving money on your aircraft insurance. An online quote request is just a click away. Or call 301-682-6200 to start talking to an aviation insurance specialist at AIR today.

Despite Irma, Airport Revs up for Annual Expo

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Despite the hurricane scare, DeLand Municipal Airport is going strong and ready to welcome pilots from all over to the annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase! From November 2nd through 4th, 2017 exhibitors and speakers will gather to offer a weekend of aviation education and fun.

Since its inception, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has had a presence at this sport aviation show. In fact, AIR was a factor in leading the aviation insurance industry to provide competitive policies for this relatively new class of aircraft. Agents and pilots Gregg Ellsworth, Joe Cacho, Joe Ruck, and Jon Harden will be available at booth number 308 to answer your questions on sport planes as well as other aviation insurance matters.

“DeLand has always offered a special showcase. As a former trike pilot, I’m particularly interested in viewing the new trikes on the market today. From small weight shift aircraft to large jets, we insure all things aviation related. We look forward to these events to see how we can be of service to the aviation industry,” explained Jon Harden, president and founder of AIR.

No matter your reason for attending, the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase promises to offer something for everybody. For more information on the showcase visit: http://www.sportaviationshowcase.com. Can’t wait for the showcase and want your aviation insurance questions answered today? Call AIR at 301-682-6200 or apply for a quote online today!DeLandBoothBadge_308

First Flight Insurance Solutions

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Over a thousand hours of build time has gone into your aircraft. Many late nights out at the hangar and several seasons have passed, but the big day is finally here. Your pride and joy, your biggest accomplishment, is about to take its inaugural flight. Despite all your cross checks and due diligence, the nagging question is still in the back of your mind. Could something go wrong?

Many pilots mistakenly believe that there are no options for insurance coverage during the fly-off stage and settle for sub-par 3rd party liability programs. These programs do not include hull coverage, are limited in their available defense, have low property damage limits, and outdated bodily injury terms. While these programs are often the only option for non-registered aircraft, real aviation markets offer the best coverage for the majority of homebuilt aircraft.

From RVs to the Sonex, whether you’ve built a SeaRey or a Glasair, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has your first flight solution. AIR works with all the aviation insurance markets, therefore, offering many options for insuring your first flight risk. Your AIR agent will go over with you the terms of each option for the fly-off stage of flight. A majority of these policies include hull coverage and industry standard liability limits.

AIR also 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.

“As a friend of many aircraft builders and as a homebuilt owner myself, I cannot imagine the devastation of losing an aircraft after hundreds of hours of work,” said Jon Harden, president and founder of AIR. “Our affordable program is worth it just for the peace of mind.”

Peace of mind is exactly what the agents and pilots provide at Aviation Insurance Resources. So, before you weld another joint or place another rivet, contact the pilots and agents at AIR! Call 877-247-7767 or submit a quote online today!

Aircraft Insurance – A look back

Monday, September 18th, 2017

18 years ago, the aviation insurance industry looked quite different. Besides insurance direct writer, Avemco, only eight other companies offered aircraft insurance.  To gain access to these companies, a pilot must go through an aviation insurance broker. Since the 90s, the aviation insurance industry has grown considerably. There are now 18 aircraft insurance carriers vying for a pilot’s business. Competition is fueling the rates and premiums are lower than ever, therefore benefiting the consumer.

In 1999 a new aviation insurance broker came on the scene: Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). Established by former Avemco employees, these pilots set out to create an aviation insurance brokerage that provided the best rates and the broadest coverage for their clients.  This was a period of high premiums, strict training requirements, and transition pilots were near impossible to insure. However, AIR was appointed with all the aviation markets, offering their customers all the available options in the industry.

Today, new aircraft insurance policies have been developed including the LSA class and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Within the past decade insurance carriers have improved and enhanced their policies to maintain customer loyalty. Policies have since been written in a much broader language, training requirements are more lenient, higher liability limits are available, and transition pilots are easier to insure at the right price-point. AIR has been at the forefront of all these changes and passing along the savings to their insureds.

Soon AIR will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Many of their insureds have been with them since day one and many other pilots are constantly discovering the benefits of calling these aviation insurance specialists. The pilots and agents at AIR focus on integrity and place customer service as a priority above profit. To have an agent start shopping all the markets on your aviation insurance policy call AIR at 301-682-6200 today!

Winners Tied: Two Aviation Scholarships Awarded

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Oshkosh, WI June 24, 2017 – Leading aircraft insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), announced today the results of the 2nd annual “Get into the AIR” aviation scholarship. AIR received applications from pilots and student pilots from all walks of life, each with remarkable stories. Only one scholarship was slated for 2017, however, two very deserving individuals stood out prompting AIR to reward two scholarships this year.

Fascinated by aircraft from the World War II era since an early age, student pilot Heather Geer plans to follow in the footsteps of her idols, the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). To reach her dream of becoming a warbird pilot, she plans to gain hours and experience by becoming a tailwheel instructor. Heather plans to complete her private pilot certificate by this October. In her spare time she can be found volunteering with the Bravo 369 Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM education, aviation history and aircraft preservation.

Heather Geer

Get into the AIR Scholarship – Heather Geer

For the last decade, Chelsea Dorman could be found at the oldest continuously operating airport in the world, College Park Airport, guiding future young aviators on the history of aviation. As the College Park Airport Museum’s program coordinator, she has overseen many aviation centric events from lecture programs, to happy hours and community outreach. With the help of the Get into the AIR scholarship and saving her earnings as a figure skating coach in the winter, Chelsea will soon be on her way to becoming a pilot herself!

Chelsea Dorman

Get into the Air Scholarship – Chelsea Dorman

Applicants were judged on essays and recommendations letters that best portrayed the pilot’s goals, drive, and commitment to the aviation industry. While competition was fierce, AIR could not be happier with rewarding these two dedicated individuals. The Get into the AIR aviation scholarship will be available again in 2018.

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!

$500 Aviation Scholarship Opportunity

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Frederick, MD April 6, 2017 – Last year, Frederick, MD based aviation insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) helped one lucky recipient get her aviation career back on track and work towards more ratings. Once again, a $500 aviation scholarship is being offered for student pilots and pilots to help further their training. 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 2017 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!

VIPER SD-4 INITIATES FIRST U.S. FLIGHTS

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Viper4Eagle International Aircrafts L.L.C. announced that the FAA has finally certified and approved Viper’s SD-4 for U.S. Market. Since this announcement, the Viper SD-4 has begun flights at North Perry Airport, Florida.

VIPER SD-4

This amazing Light sports low wing aircraft (LSA) features an all-metal design of the plane, with lower operation and maintenance costs than other similar aircraft. The plane is manufactured in Europe for the past 10 years, and our team is excited to present it to the American market. The robust metal construction guarantees a longer service life and makes the plane safer to operate.The
spacious cockpit provides unmatched comfort and the huge canopy allows for a beautiful flying experience. The plane also features the newest breakthroughs in avionics, offers a wide range of utility options, all in a sleek, first-class, package.

These features won’t only be enjoyed by seasoned veterans of the sky, but as well as beginners and their instructors. Flight schools and training centres will also find the Viper SD-4 as the best value for their dollar.

Excellent and precise manufacturing on CNC machines, using quality materials, quality workmanship with particular emphasis on accuracy, security and great customer value, this all is coming with VIPER SD-4 and is available now in USA.

The low fuel consumption (only around 4.5 gallons an hour using car-grade high octane gas or avgas) brings operating costs down, which will bring a smile to the faces of pleasure flyers and enthusiast pilots. The low operating costs also make the SD-4 a perfect choice for businesses seeking a cost effective flight solution. The plane achieves an effective range of around 594 miles on a full tank, which shows the planes potential as a cross-country favourite. The colours and finishes on the plane can be decided by the customer’s wishes.

ABOUT EAGLE INTERNATIONAL AIRCRAFTS LLC

At Eagle International Aircrafts LLC, we seek to provide the best international shipping and distribution service for light sport aircrafts. From our strategically placed location in Fort Lauderdale, we have immediate access to the Americas and the Caribbean. We also seek to spearhead the industry in terms of customerbased design and advances in avionics. We look to be a trusted source for enthusiasts, leisure pilots, training schools, and air-based companies.

Aircraft Insurance – Call that Middleman!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The Avemco Insurance Company has released a new advertisement in AOPA Pilot depicting a man in a suit falling out of the sky. The text reads “We got rid of the middleman” and correctly states that Avemco is the only direct aircraft insurer. This silly ad creates quite the visual, however, there are several reasons why it’s important to have that insurance middleman in your life!

Competition

Why contact a direct insurance underwriter when you can have over 18 carriers competing for your business-all with one call? The ultimate benefit of this competition is the price. You are more likely to obtain a lower premium when requesting quotations from 18 companies versus just one. Avemco sets their own rates. While the employee you speak to has the simple authority to provide a quotation, they can only supply one quote. An aviation insurance broker does the work for you-obtaining competitive rates from multiple insurance carriers. More options equal more savings!

Choices

As stated above, Avemco can supply only one quote and therefore one set of policy terms. Access to multiple carriers creates more flexibility in policy conditions. For example, most pilots transitioning into new aircraft are required to complete some dual instruction or formal manufacturer training which can be costly. Training requirements vary by underwriter and the pilot can pick the policy that has the training requirements that best fits his or her needs. Other options that vary from carrier to carrier would be available liability limits or the open pilot warranty.

Change

The aviation industry is ever-changing and it is important to have an insurance policy that changes with it. Most insurance carriers have adapted a “per passenger” policy form. Meaning the sub-limits on the liability portion of your policy are limited to passengers only. Avemco still uses a below standard policy form, their sub-limits are written on a “per person” basis. Therefore, anyone injured inside or outside of the aircraft are limited to only $100,000! In addition, thanks to the many aviation insurance carriers in the market, it is possible to obtain a policy without a sub-limit, also known as “smooth limits”.

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We challenge you to see the results a middleman can provide! At Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) all our agents are pilots so we understand your needs as a pilot and aircraft owner. The graphics below say it all-our efforts will save you both time and money. Call our agent and pilots at 877-247-7767 or click here to request a quote online to start saving today!

 

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