Archive for the ‘Aviation Insurance’ Category

Flight School Spotlight: Bravo Flight Training

Thursday, 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. You should then also consider the most realistic flight simulator experience if you are looking to learn piloting an aircraft, as that is the best experience currently available. However, it’s then also possible to buy an aviation business, for example in Florida you can use a page like to see the aviation businesses that are currently for sale in Florida.

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 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.

Sling 2 Aircraft Soars Effortlessly at the Midwest LSA Expo

Wednesday, 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!


Cygnet Amphibious Trike Insurance

Tuesday, 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 and request your insurance quote online!

14 Year Old to Build BushCat Aircraft

Wednesday, 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 and where to find a Foundry and Machine Shop. 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!

Summer Flight Safety Leads to Aviation Insurance Discounts

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

As the snow melts, more and more pilots are taking to the sky to spread their wings in the warmer weather. While worries of ice and snowstorms may seem like a thing of the past, spring and downlow2summer weather brings about a new set of safety concerns. It is important to remember our personal limitations and to not feel pressured to meet timelines when facing this season’s unpredictable weather. Keeping safe also has a convenient side effect, it may help your insurance premiums!

Safe flying practices can often lead to helpful discounts on your aircraft insurance! For example, some carriers offer up to 5% off non-owned coverage for those that complete a WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program or phase prior to their renewal. Others offer discounts on owned aircraft policies when a WINGS phase or annual recognized training is completed. Aircraft organizations such as EAA and AOPA offer many training materials for a pilot to keep refreshed. By simply providing your member number you can gain access to special perks and discounts on your insurance policy.

The easiest way to save money on your aircraft insurance is to call the pilots and agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). AIR shops all of the major aviation insurance markets to ensure that you are receiving the best rate and broadest coverage on your aircraft insurance. From Cessna 150 to King Air insurance and flying club insurance or coverage for corporate aircraft, AIR has a competitive policy to serve all of your needs.

To find out more about discounts on your aircraft insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. Keep flying safe, we’ll see you at the airport!

Aircraft Insurance and the Adventurous AirCam

Friday, February 26th, 2016

There is one type of flight that every pilot yearns for: low and slow with the wind kissing your face. Originally designed for aerial photography in the Ndoki rain forest in Congo for National Geographic, the Lockwood AirCam is an agile, open cockpit, tandem seat, multi-engine aircraft. As the pilots and agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) can attest to, the AirCam is a plane built for adventure!

Pilots mouths drop when they read the specs on AirCam aircraft. It can take off in as little as 100 feet and land in under 500. Burning as few as 3.5 gallons per hour, the two Rotax 912 engines provide the AirCam with a cruising speed of anywhere from 50 to 100 miles per hour all with a stall speed of only 39 miles per hour. With up to a 2,000 feet per minute rate of climb, the AirCam is the best aircraft for small backcountry strips and remote areas. But the AirCam is not limited to only departing from the ground, it can be equipped with floats as well!

AirCam Insurance

Testimonials about Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) rave about the ease of obtaining a competitive aircraft insurance quote. With one phone call to AIR, our agents will work diligently to market all the major aircraft insurance companies competitive for the Lockwood AirCam and the type of flying you do. AIR can also protect an AirCam project during the building stage, with economical rates regardless of pilot experience with our builders’ risk program.

To find out more about how AIR can assist with your AirCam insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today and request your aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.


Aircraft Spotlight: Rockwell Commander Aircraft Insurance

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Photo from the Gallery of the COG 2015 Fly-in

Photo from the Gallery of the COG 2015 Fly-in

Certain aircraft create a loyal following and pilots will agree that there aren’t many high performance piston singles quite like the Rockwell Commander. This four seat, low wing aircraft was developed by Rockwell International in the early 70s. The rights were sold to Gulfstream American and later to Commander Aircraft in 1988. Although production ended in 2002, Commander 112s and 114s remain a greatly beloved aircraft.

The Commander 112

When Rockwell was designing the Commander Aircraft they started with a fixed gear version, the 111 as well as the retract version, the 112. Ultimately, the Commander 112 was the aircraft that made it to production with a 200hp I0-360 engine. Other models would follow, the 112A, 112B and the 112TC and 112TCA versions each with excellent tweaks to include increasing maximum takeoff weight and adding a turbocharged engine on the TC and TCA models.

The Commander 114

In 1976 the Commander 114 was introduced featuring a 260 horsepower engine. Three additional models followed: the 114A increased takeoff weight, the 114B featured a new propeller and updated cowling while the 114TC was turbocharged. The 114 hit cruise speeds of around 157 knots, almost 20 knots faster than its predecessor.

The Commander Owners Group

Rockwell Commander fans can join other enthusiasts with a membership to The Commander Owners Group (COG). COG sponsors an annual fly in and the website hosts a wealth of commander information in their news section and in their member forums. Membership is just $75 a year. To join, visit

Insuring Your Commander

Commander aircraft owners place their trust in Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). AIR shops 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 obtain a Commander Aircraft insurance quote call 301-682-6200 or complete an online application today!

AIR FAQ – Aviation Premises Insurance

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Q: Does my aircraft insurance policy include aviation premises coverage? I don’t own my hangar, I rent it from the local airport authority. If someone injures themselves inside the hangar, could I be held hangar 1responsible?

A: Aviation premises insurance comes into play if a person becomes liable for property damage or bodily injury in connection with the hangaring of an aircraft.  Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) works with all of the major aviation insurance markets and a majority of them include premises liability automatically in their policy’s expansion endorsement. If it is not included, don’t worry! Aviation premises liability coverage can be added for as little as $500 a year with limits of up to $5 million liability!

If you are a hangar owner, a hangar insurance policy protects the building, contents and provides bodily injury liability coverage. Loss of business income, electronic equipment, tools, mobile equipment, fuel tanks and business personal property are additional coverages that can also be added. Coverage can even be issued even when the hangar is in the building stage!

If you are unsure of what coverage you require, ask the pilots and agents at AIR by calling 877-247-7767 or visiting today! You have a hangar to protect your aircraft, and you have AIR to protect YOU!

Mooney Aircraft Insurance – Revisited

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

In June of 2013, we published one of our most popular blogs on Mooney Aircraft insurance. Since the original posting, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has continued to provide prospective and current Mooney owners with superior customer service while obtaining the best insurance rates and the broadest coverage available. Read on to find out why Mooney Aircraft has become a quick pilot favorite over the years.

June 24, 2013 – Christopher Wolbert, Regional Vice President of AIR completed his instrument rating in a Mooney twenty years ago. Despite the time that has passed, Mooney aircraft remain one of his favorite Mooney-Aircraft-Insurance-300x225aircraft manufacturers.

“Until that point, I had completed most of my pilot training in Cessna Aircraft. The Mooney was a new and exciting experience. The aircraft’s additional speed combined with instrument training made my training challenging, but rewarding.” Chris remembers.

Founded in 1929 by Al Mooney in Wichita, Kansas, the Mooney Airplane Company has carved its place in aviation history because of its dedication to performance and innovation. Mooney has always focused on producing the highest-performing, safest and most efficient aircraft on the market. It is this focus that has allowed Mooney to set several aviation records, including:

  1. First pressurized single-engine, piston-powered aircraft (M22 Mustang).
  1. Fastest transcontinental flight in a single-engine, piston-powered production aircraft (M20K 231).
  2. First production aircraft to achieve 200 mph on 200HP (M20J 201).
  3. Several altitude records (M20K 231).
  4. First single-engine, power-control certified (FADEC) in the U.S. (M20L Porsche).
  5. Fastest piston-powered aircraft currently in production (M20M DX single).
  6. First single-engine aircraft certified for flight into known icing conditions (M20M DX w/TKS anti-icing system).
  7. More than 130 world speed records.
  8. First single-engine retractable to achieve 237 KTS (M20).
  9. And More!

Mooney aircraft combine legendary speed, robust rate-of-climb, rock-solid safety and security, innovative technology, hand-built precision craftsmanship, and unmatched value.

The Mooney Airplane Company – which has delivered more than 11,000 aircraft worldwide, a fleet that has amassed more than 40 million hours of flight – currently sells three models of the M20: Ovation2 GX, Ovation3 and Acclaim.

Mooney Aircraft Insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources

Aviation Insurance Resources, also known by the acronym AIR, represents all of the major aviation insurance markets, which allows us to offer the broadest package of protection at the best available rates. AIR provides a wide range of aircraft insurance options for aircraft of all makes and models, from Cessna Aircraft to Robinson Helicopters to Piper Cubs to, of course, Mooney aircraft, like the Ovation2 GX, Ovation3 and Acclaim.

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To find out more about Mooney Aircraft Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

How to get the best rate on your aircraft insurance in one easy step!

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Before purchasing an aircraft, most pilots complete a cost analysis to determine the annual expenses and sustainability of aircraft ownership. Lower aircraft expenses generally mean more time in the air for the Over Brunswick 2010-01-31pilot and ways to safely cut these costs are often pursued. While aircraft insurance is a smaller percentage of annual aircraft expenses, it is an area that is worth the extra research to reduce rates. One company takes the challenge out of finding the lowest rate for your aircraft insurance while maintaining the broadest package of protection.

Founded by two pilots in 1999, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) solicits quotations from the major underwriters that would be the most competitive for the type of flying you do and the coverages you require. AIR has since continued to grow and prides itself in the tagline “Pilots Protecting Pilots” as all our agents are also pilots and share a great passion for the aviation industry. AIR also has four locations across the United States to better serve you!

AIR specializes only in aviation insurance and can provide aviation insurance policies for:

Owners Aircraft Insurance (airplanes, rotorcraft, gyrocopters, gliders, light sport aircraft (LSA), seaplane, turbine, jet, very light jet (VLJ), experimental and standard category)

Renters Aircraft Insurance

Sport Pilot Insurance

Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Insurance

Flight School Insurance

Aircraft Charter Insurance

Aviation Premises Insurance

Aviation Products Insurance

Hangar Keepers Insurance

Workers’ Compensation

Hangar Insurance

UAV/UAS Insurance

Aerial Photography Insurance

Flying Club Insurance

Skydiving Insurance

…and more!


Serving our fellow pilots for over 17 years, AIR understands the budgeting needs of aircraft owners and aviation business operators. Call Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) at 301-682-6200 or complete an online request to start saving today! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.