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Pilot Spotlight: Kyle Grim, Skydiver turned Pilot

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Kyle, tell us about how you got your start in aviation.

I was always the kid who wanted to be an astronaut. My teachers told me I had my head up in the clouds, but they didn’t have any idea how right they were! I was able to put myself through skydiving training by Kylepacking parachutes until my fingers bled, but once I finished my engineering degree I crammed my first few paychecks into a Cessna 152’s gas tank and the rest is history.

You regularly fly with your girlfriend, Tara. Why do you enjoy sharing aviation with others?

Flying with others is the best way to keep from taking things for granted. Little things like talking on the radio fascinate the uninitiated. It brings joy to all corners of the experience! Tara has been flying for a few years now, and even though she’s used to it she still points things out to me about the experience that I’m used to taking in stride. Also, taking passengers is a great way to keep from becoming complacent, as you find yourself worrying more for their safety than your own.

What was one of your most memorable flights?

My flight from Lantana (KLNA) airport in West Palm Beach back home to Frederick MD (KFDK) two Christmases ago gave me a run for my money. A 9-hour flight in my Rans turned into a 3-day adventure with 100 miles of Florida/Georgia beaches, sleeping on FBO couches, trading sandwiches for pre-heats and making new friends in aviation! Long distance VFR is always a challenge but that trip was one for the books.

What is the best piece of aviation related advice you have received?

An Israeli skydiving instructor once gripped my by both shoulders and yelled, “No more stupid!”

How did you first get in touch with your AIR friends, Jon and Victoria?

I first met Jon while taxiing past his open hangar in my 1st airplane, a 1/2 VW powered Preceptor Pup. I wanted to check out his Pitts and he wanted to check out the Pup! I met Victoria while she was making preparations for a women in aviation event in between hangars on our airport. AIR is fantastic because they’re pilots and they love their work.

Why do you trust your insurance to AIR?

I know that Jon and Victoria care about me as a person more than they care about my plane or my policy. I have no doubt that if I ever need to make a claim they’ll be more interested in making sure I’m OK than Kyle 2anything else.

Anything else you would like to share?

Being insured through AIR makes me feel free to enjoy my life in aviation! Just keep an eye out for those Florida thunderstorms.

Pilots Protecting Pilots

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. As we did with Kyle’s Rans insurance and later his RV insurance, all of our agents at AIR will take your needs personally as if they were their own.

To find out more about Aviation Insurance Resources and to receive an aircraft insurance quote, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7769 or visit today.You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.


Flying Club Spotlight: The Octopus Flying Club

Monday, October 19th, 2015


Flying Clubs have become an integral part of the aviation industry due to their ability to create an affordable ownership option for pilots. For over 50 years, the Octopus Flying Club has been catering to the pilots and student pilots of the DC Metro area. Recently, this flying club continued its growth by adding new aircraft and a second location in sunny Florida!

Adopting their name from eight original members, the Octopus Flying Club is friendly and flexible. Allowing student pilot memberships, no rental period minimums and multiple aircraft, the club will fit the needs of most pilots. The club also allows modern online scheduling and 24/7 access to its four aircraft in two popular locations.

Octopus’s Maryland fleet resides at Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI) in Gaithersburg, MD. The aircraft consist of a Piper Warrior, Piper Arrow and a Socata Tabago. A Piper Archer is based at KHWO, or North Perry Airport in Hollywood, FL with more aircraft planned to be added in the future. All four aircraft come with IFR certified GPS and are meticulously maintained.

About the Octopus Flying Club

Club dues are under $100 a month and student membership deposits begin at only $500. In addition, students are offered discounts when they purchase block time, making the Octopus Flying Club an excellent resource for the pilot-in-training looking to have aircraft ownership benefits without the extra overhead. For more information about joining the club visit, email, or call 240-536-9163.

Flying Club Insurance through Aviation Insurance Resources

The agents and pilots at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) are happy to assist flying clubs navigate the aircraft insurance industry. Flying clubs range in sizes in needs and AIR shops all of the aviation insurance markets to find a policy that is best suited to the club’s specific situation. To get started on your flying club insurance quote, click here to fill out an online application or call 301-682-6200 today!

DC Flying Club Serves Pilots for 40+ Years

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

InnFlyingClubIn July 1967 15 pilots met around a table at the Charcoal Inn in Gaithersburg, MD. After that organizational meeting the Inn Flying Club, named after that very restaurant was formed.  This not-for-profit flying club has been serving student pilots and pilots in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area continuously ever since.

Historically, the Inn Flying Club has owned several Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, as well as a Cessna 182 and Cessna 207. Currently, they are the proud owners of an IFR equipped Cessna Skyhawk. Each aircraft that has been owned by the club is meticulously cared for by experienced members of the club. Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics and certified flight instructors are also members of therefore ensuring safe flying through aircraft care and flight training.

Join Inn!

A popular method for cutting aircraft ownership costs is by simply sharing the expenses. This can be done by getting a partner in the aircraft or joining a flying club like the Inn Flying Club. When someone buys a share in an aircraft partnership or a flying club, the annual aircraft costs are distributed amongst the group, resulting in less out of pocket expenses and more time in the air for the pilot.

The Inn Flying club is currently accepting applications for new members! Please visit here to read about the application process.

Flying Club Insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources

At AIR, we provide a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products, including Flying Club Insurance. We pride ourselves on finding the insurance policy that best meets the needs of ALL of your members, no matter the size of the club or the type of aircraft. AIR agents believe in serving your flying clubs needs with integrity, by informing the club of all the necessary options to cover your insurance risk. AIR represents all of the major aviation insurance markets, so it is no surprise that we offer the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

To find out more about Flying Club Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today and receive an Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.


Pups that Fly!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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!


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), and follow them on Facebook at To learn more visit:

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 or on 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 today!

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) 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 today. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Flying Club Spotlight: The Reading Aero Club

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Reading Aero 2015.3.11Reading Regional Airport (KRDG) in Reading, PA is home to one of the oldest continuously operated not-for-profit flying clubs in the United States. Officially founded in 1932 but with roots as early as 1929, the Reading Aero Club has been serving pilots for over eight decades. The clubhouse based on the west ramp of RDG does not resemble its predecessor at their original airfield which was dubbed by its first club members as the “chicken shack”. The modern day clubhouse serves as a location for meetings, social gatherings and a point of contact for aircraft rental. The area is bustling with the activity of 45 pilot members flying two flying club aircraft.

Reading Aero Club history shows the club starting out with two Curtiss-Wright Juniors, then ownership of a Travelair biplane and several Aeroncas. Today, two IFR equipped and meticulously maintained aircraft reside in the club’s hangar: a Piper Archer III and a Cessna 172SP.

The aircraft are available for use by flying club members at inexpensive rates for anything from day trips to instruction. Three member flight instructors are available for student pilots or for those adding on additional ratings. The flying club websites contains an excellent graphic showing student pilots the money they’ll save while flying with the Reading Aero Club versus a typical flight school.

The club has also been very active in giving back through volunteer flights with Angel Flight East, Veterans Airlift Command and Animal Rescue Flights. They are also involved in Reading’s World War II Weekend and Christmas in the air.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has been assisting the Reading Aero Club with their flying club insurance needs for over 15 years. Offering flying club insurance to clubs of all sizes, AIR works with all the major markets to obtain the best rates at the broadest coverage available. Obtaining a quote for your flying club is as easy as calling 877-247-7767 or complete a flying club insurance quote form online today!

More on the Reading Aero Club

Pilots looking for a low cost flying option, while developing new friendships with others who share the same passion for aviation need to look no further than the Reading Aero Club. With over 80 years of continuous operation, joining the Reading Aero Club is joining a piece of aviation history. To learn more and to complete an online membership application visit To learn more about the unique history of this club visit the Berks history Center website.

Success is Cleared for Takeoff at Vermont Flight Academy

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Scenically tucked in between Lake Champlain and the Winooski River, Burlington International Airport (KBTV) is the home of the Vermont Flight Academy (VFA). The Vermont Flight Academy Facebook page announces each new pilot as they earn their wings, showing the success and pride of this nonprofit 501(c)(3) flight school.

The School

The Vermont Flight Academy is the sole flight school in the state to instruct under FAA approved Part 141 rules and also instructs under Part 61. The facility has 16 aircraft from single piston trainers to tailwheel instruction. Also provided is seaplane instruction including the multi-engine seaplane rating in their Twin Sea Bee. For the bad weather days and for the aviator on a budget, the academy also has four FAA approved simulators on site, to include the full motion Redbird Simulator.

The Degree

Vermont Flight Academy has partnered up with Vermont Technical College to offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) in professional pilot technology. Upon completing this four year degree, students will have  logged around 250 hours of flight time and have become Certified Flight Instructors (CFI).  Started in 2012, the partnership between Vermont Flight Academy and Vermont Technical College has prepared many pilots for takeoff into a career in aviation.

Aircraft Rental

The instructors and Vermont Flight Academy will provide a check out in each new make and model aircraft a pilot may rent. Along with this routine check out, non-owned aircraft insurance, also known as renters insurance, is required. VFA recommends the minimum coverage listed below:

  • $250,000 for Non-Owned Bodily Injury and Property Damage Excluding Loss of Use of Non-Owned Aircraft
  • $1,000 for medical
  • $25,000 for Non-Owned Physical Damage Liability Including Loss of Use of Non-Owned AircraftFlight School InsuranceAbout Vermont Flight AcademyTo find out more about insuring your aircraft or flight school please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 301-682-6200 or visit today to request your aviation insurance quote online!
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  • As a student or renter at Vermont Flight Academy you will experience firsthand that their dedication to their students’ success is sky high. They are located in Burlington, VT and open seven days a week from 9AM to 5PM and by appointment. You can visit them online at or call (802) 863-5988.
  • Since the inception of Vermont Flight Academy, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has been dedicated to providing VFA with the broadest insurance coverage at the best rates available. Airport General Liability Insurance, Hangar and Contents Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, D&O Insurance and maybe even Airshow Insurance are just some of the needs a flight school have on their list. Before the list gets too overwhelming, give the aviation insurance experts at Aviation Insurances Resources (AIR) a call.
  • This insurance policy can be purchased quickly and easily online at a premium of only $314 annually. Insurance discounts are available for claim free individuals as well as for those that have completed a Wings level or the OpenAirplane checkout.

Pilot Spotlight: Baron pilot and aerospace engineer Peter Rouse

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Half the fun of having a career in aviation insurance is talking to pilots and hangar flying on a daily basis. At Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) we do not make ourselves only available when it is time to renew or sell a policy, we love making new pilot friends and sharing stories about an industry we are so passionate about. We recently sat down with one of those friends, aerospace engineer Peter Rouse.

Embraer PetePete, tell us about how you got your start in aviation

Both of my parents worked for Beech Aircraft.  My dad worked for them for 25 years, and I have his gold watch that Beech aircraft gave to him.  My mother is on a Beech Aircraft employee’s handbook from the late 1960s; she has her lunch box in her hand, and she is wearing a sleeveless blouse and cat’s-eye glasses.

I started my official flight training in college in the late 80’s, but I ran out of money.  I finally was able to get my Private Pilot certificate in December of 1993.  Over the years, I kept flying.  I got my CFI in 2000, my CFII in 2001, my MEI in 2002, and my ATP in 2012.

Over the years, I have owned 8 airplanes.  A couple of them were projects.  My current airplane is a 1964 Beech B55 Baron.  It was probably rolling off of the assembly line right after I was born.  I am currently working on getting my type rating in a Citation Bravo.

Every year you join the Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh) migration. Can you share some more about that and other unique aviation activities you partake in?

The Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2Osh) annual migration to Oshkosh started it all.  It is a formation flight from Rockford, Illinois to Oshkosh for Bonanza and Baron owners.  I have always thought formation flight was really neat, so I went to a B2Osh regional training clinic in 2009 and flew my first B2Osh in 2009.  We takeoff in formation in 3-ship elements from Rockford and land at Oshkosh.  I was over 40 rows back from the lead airplane, and all of the airplanes were running on the runway; it looked like the D-Day invasion.  On that flight, I heard probably one of the neatest things in aviation on the radio:  “Bonanza flight of 137, you are cleared for takeoff.”

After that first time, I started flying with a core group of pilots in Kansas City.  We formed a formation flight group called the Beechnutz.  We kept flying together and worked on more advanced formation techniques.  I attended an advanced formation clinic in Grayson, Texas with some other members of the Beechnutz in 2011 where I earned my Formation Flying Incorporated (FFI) Wingman card.  I earned my FFI Flight Lead card in 2012.  The FFI card allows me to fly formation with other card holders in waivered airspace at an airshow.  2011 was the first year I was asked to fly in a showcase flight at Oshkosh.  I was truly honored, as I never imagined that I would ever fly in the airshow at Oshkosh.  We again flew a showcase flight in 2012.  We did not get showcase flights in 2013, or 2014, so we are hopeful that we will in 2015.  Since we did not get a showcase flight in 2014, I was asked to lead a formation demonstration for the B2Osh participants at our banquet in Rockford.  I was privileged to lead a 31-ship formation flight with some of the finest pilots I know.

I also really enjoy being a flight instructor, because I always learn new things when I teach different people.  Being a CFI has made me a better pilot.

What was one of your most memorable flights?

That is a hard question to answer.  I find joy in flying a great approach, or performing a smoking rejoin.  I am probably at my happiest when I fly with the Beechnutz, as they are great pilots and great people.  I can honestly say I have had some of the best times with the Beechnutz; both in and out of the cockpit.

What is the best piece of aviation related advice you have received?

“Wind your watch.”  I was told this by a retired Air Force F-4 pilot.  It means that when you feel yourself getting task saturated, slow down.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying you need a little more time to get set up for an approach, doing a go-around, or landing and waiting out the weather when things do not look right.  Too many times we allow ourselves to get into a bad situation due to external, or more often, internal pressures; the accident statistics bear this out.  If it didn’t happen, then the phrase “get-home-itis” wouldn’t exist.

How did you first get in touch with your AIR agent and now friend, Jon Harden? Why do you trust your insurance to AIR?

I met Jon through a mutual friend.  Jon has been my agent, and my friend, since 2000.  The reason I stay with Jon is that he is a good and decent man who works hard to get the best deal for his customers.  His employees are the same way. I have stayed with Jon over the years because he has my trust and respect, and that is not something that cannot be bought.

The pilot community offers a variety of individuals from all walks of life, each have their own story and offer something unique to the aviation industry.

Pete also told us, “I can remember being asked when I was very young what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I answered ‘a pilot.’  Now I am a pilot, but the jury is still out on whether or not I grew up.”

Was this a dream of yours as a child? Are you ‘grown up’ now?

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

AIR specializes in a full range of aircraft and airport insurance for clients of all sizes. AIR can offer you the broadest package of protection at the best available rates. To find out more, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 301-682-6200 or visit today and request your aircraft insurance quote!

Enhancing Lives at Orlandi Flight Center

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Founded by Geoff Orlandi in the fall of 2012 with the mission to enhance other’s lives through aviation, the Orlandi Flight Center offers flight instruction, aircraft rental and scenic tours in the Blairstown, NJ area.Orlandi Flight

In 2013 and 2014, the Orlandi Flight Center received the AOPA Flight Training Excellence award for providing superior instruction. Orlandi Flight Center was the only school in the northeast region where both the flight school and an individual instructor (Geoff Orlandi) received this honor. The flight school offers any training a pilot would need, from introductory flights or sport pilot or private pilot certification to commercial pilots and ATPs. If you are looking for an instrument rating, multi-engine rating, tail wheel endorsement, or just a flight review, Orlandi has you covered.

The Orlandi fleet consists of 1947 Piper J3 Cub as well as a 1969 Cessna 172. Adding to the Orlandi repertoire is a Redbird JAY Flight simulator available for the budget pilot in mind or for when weather conditions are less than ideal for training. The Redbird simulator is available at an hourly rate or an annual fee for unlimited use.

The Orlandi Flight Center entrusts Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) for their flight school insurance and flight simulator insurance needs. Each aircraft insurance expert at AIR shops all of the major markets to provide your flight school with the broadest policy coverage at the best rates. This saves both money and time, leaving your school to do what it does best…instruct and inspire future pilots.

Geoff Orlandi’s pledge is to “do everything I can to deliver the most rewarding flying experience available.” Just as AIR’s pledge to him was to provide service with integrity from aviation insurance experts.

It all starts with flight schools in the general aviation industry. At Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), we provide a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products, including flight school and flight simulator insurance. To find out more about insuring your flight school or simulator, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit our website and fill out our quick and easy flight school quote request today.

Flying is a Family Affair for Wisconsin Flight School

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

DuffysMany pilots enjoy sharing their love for aviation with their families. At Duffy’s Aircraft Sales and Leasing aviation is nothing short of a family affair. Founded in 1974 by Harold “Duffy” and Alice Gaier, Duffy’s Aircraft has locations both in Neillsville and Marshfield, Wisconsin. The Gaiers’ sons quickly joined in on the family aircraft business and all together, Duffy’s has been providing friendly and safe aviation services for over 40 years.

Duffy’s offers it all, providing charter services, aircraft maintenance and even holiday light flights! For those considering becoming a pilot as a hobby or a career, a discovery flight at Duffy’s in just a step away. From there, training for sport pilot to commercial and advanced endorsements are available. Adding to the list of options at this flight school are on site computerized written exams and a designated examiner on staff.

Tired of renting an aircraft? Duffy’s offers aircraft leasing! From Pipers to Cessnas, Duffy’s Aircraft provides aircraft leased exclusively to you or your club for long term use. Regardless if you rent or lease through Duffy’s, they recommend getting your aircraft insurance through their own broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). Since its inception, AIR has been providing Duffy’s Aircraft and their students and pilots, the best rates and the broadest coverages available in the insurance industry.

About Duffy’s Aircraft Sales and Leasing

Involved with aviation since the 1960’s the Gaiers are right at home at both Neillsville and Marshfield airports. With two locations and a wide variety of aircraft and pilot services, Duffy’s aircraft is the one stop shop in central Wisconsin for all things aviation.

To see what else Duffy’s can offer you visit them online at or call the family at 715-387-2211. Office hours are 8AM until 6PM Monday through Sunday.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

As fellow aircraft owners and pilots, AIR understands your needs and challenges in properly insuring your assets. All of the insurance companies we represent are A.M. Best rated “A” or better. Best of all, AIR is licensed in all 50 states and represents all of the major aviation insurance markets.

To find out more about non-owned aircraft insurance, insurance for a leased aircraft, or insuring or aviation business, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today to request your aviation insurance quote online!

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