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The Flying Circus Airshow: Biplanes, WWI Replicas, & Antique Aircraft

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Aviation Insurance Resources’ (AIR Pros) own Jon Shimer recently attended the legendary Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia. This historic airshow, which was originally formed in 1970, features demonstrations of the “Golden Years of Flight,” characterized by the “barnstorming” activities of the post WWI era.

The Flying Circus Airshow

The Flying Circus Airshow in performs every Sunday from May through October. The Airshow starts at 2:30pm and runs for approximately 90 minutes.

The only thing that has changed since the 1970s is the number of members and aircraft in the Flying Circus’ inventory. And with the exception of the Flying Circus silver and black 450 hp Stearman, all of the other aircraft are privately owned.

Antique Plane and Biplane Insurance from AIR Pros!

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It's Almost Time for Oshkosh!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI is just around the corner! Pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world will be flying in to share their passion for flight. Among these aviators are the pilots and insurance agents at Aviation Insurance Resources. While we are here on official business, we still have a lot of fun! Please stop by our booth in building A, booth 1141. We’d love to hear your favorite flying stories and provide you with a free aircraft insurance quote while you are there.

What else will we have to offer at Oshkosh?

  • Our free aircraft valuation service
  • Aircraft builders and restorers insurance
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) insurance
  • Renter’s (non-owned) aircraft insurance
  • …and much more

We look forward to meeting you!

Hangar Cookouts with AIR

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Jon preparing the grill

“The airport runway is the most important main street in any town.” Norm Crabtree

The weather is warm and for those who love aviation, it means we are spending more and more time at the airport! One group of individuals you will often see swapping stories with their hangar neighbors and other flying friends is the agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR). Each agent has a second “home” and that is located at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK) in Frederick, MD. Every Friday when the skies are bright AIR president, Jon Harden, can be seen pulling out the grill for a weekly cookout at the hangar.

AIR hangar cookouts welcome many friends old and new. One gentleman flew two urs for the opportunity to eat and chat with fellow pilots at the inaugural cookout for this year. Recently, a new air traffic control tower came into service at FDK, and the controllers became quite anxious to finish their shifts and join the party themselves. At the AIR cookouts, everyone is welcome and people quickly become part of the pilot family.

Looking for a new airport to visit? Interested in a $100 hamburger with your favorite insurance agent? Just give AIR a call toll free at 877-247-7767 and ask when the next hangar cookout is, we’d be happy to have you!



AIR Enjoys Maryland Fly In

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Agents at Aviation Insurance Resources live and breathe aviation every day. That’s why three of our agents attended the Maryland Regional Festival Flight at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The second annual festival offered several interesting safety seminars, static displays and raffle drawings.

The moment everyone was waiting for was the Explore Maryland By Air Awards, presented by MAMA the Maryland Airports Association, for which AIR was one of the proud sponsors. Those who had accepted the challenge to visit the 26 public airports and 4 museums in the state of Maryland received awards. Congratulations to all those who received bragging rights and their new leather jackets!

AIR-Pros to Visit the Festival of Flight!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Aircraft of all kinds will be flying in to Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) this weekend for the Virginia Festival of Flight. This annual event runs from 8AM-5PM on Saturday and 8AM to 4PM on Sunday. Regional representative for Aviation Insurance Resources, Gregg Ellsworth, is excited to attend for his fourth year in a row.

“My favorite part of the event is seeing familiar faces, as well as meeting new pilots. I love seeing all the aircraft on display and the ones flying in,” said Gregg.

Gregg will be running the AIR booth in the indoor exhibit area. He is excited to offer free quotes and will be available to answer any questions pilots may have regarding their insurance needs.

“Come see me if you’re looking for the best insurance rates,” added Gregg.

AIR is a grass roots agency that loves to meet its present and future clients in person. If you are in the area, stop by the Virginia Festival of Flight this weekend to say “hi” to Gregg!

"New Lower Renter/Non-Owned Aircraft Insurance Rates"

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Personal Non-owned Aircraft Liability Protection for You and Your Family When You Borrow or Rent an Aircraft!

  • Now includes experimental aircraft!
  • Also, now available multi-engine & helicopter non-owner coverage.(Call for quote)

Coverage You Need When You Rent or Borrow an Aircraft

When you rent or borrow an aircraft you may not be protected by the owner’s aircraft insurance policy (including your local FBO). If there is an accident you may be held legally liable for damages to the aircraft, or even worse, injuries to others out of your own pocket.

Protection For Your Family’s Financial Loss Due to an Aircraft Accident

Your family shouldn’t have to suffer financially from an aircraft accident. When you are protected by Non-owned Aircraft Liability insurance, you will have the benefit of an aviation insurance company defense if there is a claim. They will also pay damages to others for their injuries and property damage up to the policy liability limits you have selected. You can also purchase coverage, as part of your total limit of liability, which protects your employer when you fly on business. Here are your best choices:

Starr Aviation Personal Non-owned Aircraft Liability Protection Program

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Flying non-owned Multi-Engine or Helicopters? Call for quote.


Meet Joe Cacho!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Working at Aviation Insurance Resources is like working with family. In the coming weeks, we look forward to introducing our family to yours!

Joseph R. Cacho

Orlando Office

What made you want to become a pilot?

The thrill of being able to fly an airplane as PIC

When did you first begin to fly?

1988 with the Key West Navy Flying Club

What is your most memorable flight?

First Solo

What is your favorite airplane you’ve flown?

Cessna 182 Skylane

What is your dream airplane?

Cessna Caravan

What is your favorite airport you have flown to?

Key West Intl. (EYW). Easy in and out.

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

Always go through your checklist.

What do you like best about working at Aviation Insurance Resources?

Working with co-workers I’ve known for at least 20 years, and meeting new friends at the various airshows and events.

AIR Sponsors Women Fly it Forward

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

This past Saturday, Aviation Insurance Resources had the honor of being the Elite sponsor of an amazing event called Women Fly it Forward. It was an amazing day for a great cause!

The Women Fly it Forward Frederick Recap

by: Victoria Neuville

Although her parents always told her she could do anything she put her mind to, Madeleine, age seven, told her father that she didn’t think she could become a pilot because “it was a boy thing”. So Madeleine’s family came out to Frederick Municipal Airport for the 2nd annual Women Fly it Forward event aimed at introducing women to aviation. In 2011, 185 women took to the skies and the word spread like wildfire. This year, registration had to close due to high demand almost three weeks early and the waiting list reached into the 80s. At the end of the great event on Saturday, March 10th, a grand total of 242 women received free flights, and over 500 individuals enjoyed festivities at the airport.

The day started out blustery and cold, causing the tethered hot air balloon rides to be cancelled, however, this did not stop people from flocking to the airport! The balloon basket was set up along with the burners and both children and adults enjoyed taking their pictures in the basket and watching the burners light throughout the day. Kids and adults not only got to pose in the balloon basket, but a Lancair Columbia aircraft as well! Headsets were on hand and many people took the chance to look like a pilot. The remaining aircraft had the common theme as they all were yellow! A Navy T-34, a Pitts S1 and a Stearman, dubbed Aurora from Jane Wicker Airshows, were also on display.

Children were in awe as Jane Wicker demonstrated how she gets out of her biplane in flight and proceeds to walk- without harness or wire- out onto the wing of the aircraft. They were amazed to learn that she became a wing walker after reading a wanted ad for the position in a local newspaper. Jane had no problem sharing her initial fears and excitement about her early years of wing walking.

Sarah Fraher from the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska jumped at the opportunity to fly all the way from Alaska to introduce women to aviation. She had never attended an event like this before and was a huge hit with pilots present and future. When she started flying, she didn’t know any women pilots. Many people were lining up to take pictures and asking what it was like to fly in Alaska. She eagerly spoke about how she became a pilot, encouraged all the women surrounding her to fly, and even asked questions like “have you ever flown a lizard before?” (yes!) and “have you seen Bigfoot in Alaska?” (no). A thirteen year old by the same name has wanted to become a professional pilot since her first flight in a general aviation aircraft over the past summer. Talking with Sarah Fraher in person and on TV as a successful female pilot helped encourage her even more.

Across the ramp, was a meet and greet with the 1st Helicopter squadron and the 79th Medical Wing of the US Air Force who flew in with a UH-1 Huey helicopter. The Maryland State Police also came out to chat with participants next to their Dauphine chopper. One participant was so ecstatic when they let her lay on the stretcher!

Girls with Wings, the Women’s Soaring Pilot Association, and the Ninety Nines were also represented.

Everyone was welcome to take free shuttles to the opposite side of the airport to tour Frederick Airport’s new state of the art air traffic control tower. Both shuttles were full for every trip to the tower, allowing for the airport manager to guide 30 people through the tour at a time.

On the other side of the airport is where participants were introduced to the sky. Numerous volunteers helped to beat last year’s record, allowing 242 women to fly. 27 pilots flew 25 planes and one helicopter. 11 ground marshals and 25 other volunteers around the airport helped keep everyone safe and the airport organized.

Barbara can’t wait to volunteer next year, “Everyone I meet was so nice and interesting. The people who came for the flights were excited before and even more so after their first flight!”

The Women Fly it Forward inbox is full of praise and excitement for flying. Judy wrote, “I cannot thank you ENOUGH for the surprise and joy riding in a helicopter (vs. plane for which either was a thrilling thought). The helicopter choice was awesome! I’m still smiling! Thank you so very much for making a very memorable day for this ol’ 70 year old!”

“This has been one of the grandest days of my life,” wrote Sheila.

The day was grand indeed! Six discovery flights were sold at the local flight school.

Alyssa is a flight instructor and Martine was her first flight of the day. She was able to take the controls for some time in the left seat and upon disembarking, immediately ran up to the flight school to purchase a logbook to be completed. Her husband arrived at the airport shortly thereafter and the couple now has the aviation bug.

Participants and volunteers alike are already speaking about the next event. Jeff, who has flown for in Fly it Forward for the second year is excited for what 2013 will bring, “thanks for allowing me to participate in a TREMENDOUS event. I enjoyed flying the women – sign me up for next year!”

Volunteers enjoyed a thank you BBQ at the Aviation Insurance Resources hangar following the event. The winds calmed down and a mini airshow was enjoyed as several volunteer pilots departed. The big hit was when the hot air balloon, Tailwinds, inflated and Jane Wicker departed off the runway, smoke blazing creating a brilliant line behind the departing balloon.

The event is over, but the excitement has not toned down. Everyone is eagerly waiting to see who wins the Female Pilot Friendly Airport and Most Dedicated Pilot titles, and essay contests are still up for grabs.

So what happened to little Madeleine who thought that being a pilot was just for the boys? As her father tucked her into bed after a long day at the airport he asked if she had changed her mind.

“Yes!” she replied



Introducing Chris Wolbert

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Working at Aviation Insurance Resources is like working with family. In the coming weeks, we look forward to introducing our family to yours!

Chris Wolbert

Regional Vice President

What made you want to become a pilot?

The love of airplanes and aviation. I would look to the sky every time a plane flew over. I still do…

When did you first begin to fly?


What is your most memorable flight?

Two flights stand out: a Cessna 195 on floats on Moosehead lake, Greenville, ME and a Piper PA23-160 Apache flight to the Bahamas in my early flying days.

What is your favorite airplane you’ve flown?

Cessna 182

What is your dream airplane?

North American P51, what else??

What is your favorite airport you have flown to?

Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

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

Plan ahead and never underestimate weather.

What do you like best about working at Aviation Insurance Resources?

Being surrounded by a group of people who love aviation!


Beware of Birds and Wildlife During This Fall Migration

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News

We have all seen it in the movies – that grand exit of the main character of any typical action flick, the glorious take off of the courageous leading man in a small, but capable, plane. As the plane ascends, it flies right through a flock of birds and our leading man flies side-by-side with our winged friends and eventually soars off into the horizon for a perfect ending. Yes, we have all seen it, but we know life isn’t like the movies. As much as Hollywood would like you to believe it, aircraft, no matter how big or small, are not invulnerable to birds. A bird strike can be very dangerous and damaging to the aircraft – not to mention the bird.

Wildlife or bird strikes aren’t a new phenomenon. They have occurred since the beginning of flight. The first ever bird strike was recorded by Orville Wright on September 7, 1905. His plane struck a bird (believed to be a red-winged blackbird) over a cornfield near Dayton, Ohio. Although bird strikes are the most common, they are not the only wildlife threat posed to aircraft. Pilots must always be cautious of ground animals like deer, rabbits, bears, and even reptiles, such as alligators or turtles. According to the July 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Aviation Administration report, Wildlife Strike to Civil Aircraft in the United States 1990-2006, the state of California has the most bird strikes on record with 6,184 reports since 1990. New York and Texas reported the most mammal strikes on record with 134 and 147 strikes respectively, and Florida reported 46 reptile strikes. Surprisingly, New York came in second with 21 reptile strikes. Figures from the FAA Mitigation Web site show that just in the first five months of 2007 there have been more than 2,200 wildlife strikes reported for civil aircraft in the United States.

The majority of wildlife strikes aren’t reported. However, since 1990, there have been 83,315 reported wildlife strikes. Of those, 75,731 reports involved civil aircraft and 7,584 reports involved military aircraft at joint use airports. Wildlife strikes cause an estimated $603 million in damages to U.S. civil aircraft annually.

Bird strikes are most frequent during migration seasons in the fall. With the fall migration season approaching, FAA Aviation News wants to remind you to be extra vigilant. As always preparation and strategic action can help you mitigate wildlife encounters. Here are some tips to help you avoid run-ins with birds and other wildlife.

For Bird Encounters (no matter what shape, size, or number):

  • Keep all external aircraft lights on. Somehow birds are able to sense airplane lights and try to avoid them.
  • Unless close to the ground, pull up and gain altitude whenever possible around birds. Normally, birds tend to dive down to avoid the aircraft.
  • Allow more than the minimum recommended altitude over bird sanctuaries/refuges/national parks. By having more altitude, the aircraft has a larger buffer zone, which provides more reaction time. The more reaction time the pilot has the better the chance to mitigate or avoid an unplanned encounter. You can find this information along with the locations of sanctuaries at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Whenever possible, wear protective eyewear. Even a small piece of debris can cause a major problem to your eyes.

For other wildlife (i.e. deer, elk, moose, fox, coyote, rabbits, wild dogs, and bear):

  • At airports that have active control towers, you should report any animals spotted in the airport environment. Tower personnel should pass the information to the airport manager’s office, which should send someone in a vehicle to chase the animal away.
  • At non-towered airports, if wildlife is spotted inside the perimeter, you should contact the fixed based operator (FBO). Someone may be available to chase the animal from airport boundaries. Also, listen to the radio at least 10 nautical miles out. There may be someone ahead of you who has already spotted wildlife. This is also good advice for general situational awareness.
  • During night operations, the FBO is still your best source of information. If no one is available, then carefully and safely announce your intentions.
    • Before takeoff, taxi down the runway to try and scare any animals around the runway away.
    • When landing, make a low fly-by down the runway. This will allow the pilot to see what may be on the runway and, hopefully, scare away any wildlife grazing along side the runway

Of course, the best advice is to be cautious. During migration seasons for our feathered friends, it is wise to be extra vigilant and cautious. The same applies for our four-legged deer friends, especially during the fall mating season.

For extra help, you can check out the FAA wildlife mitigation Web site This Web site contains data and reports on wildlife strikes that date as far back as 1990. Another Web site that will be very helpful to you is the Avian Hazard Advisory System This Web site is a risk assessment tool that provides the user with a standardized measure of bird strike risks for low-level routes.

The United States Bird Avoidance Model is the primary assessment tool for the U.S. Air Force. It is an historical archive for bird strike information.

The Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) is good way to see where bird strikes have occurred for that particular day as well as any flight restrictions. These can be found on the FAA Web site The information is available to help you navigate your way against bird strikes.

Although we can’t always have the heroic Hollywood take-off, we can ensure a smooth and safe flight by being mindful and careful of the wildlife that surrounds us.

Thanks to Sandra Wright, manager of the FAA Wildlife Strike Database, for her help and contributions to this article.

Victoria Brown is an FAA summer intern. She is a communications major at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Aviation Insurance Resource specializes in a full range of aircraft, airplane & airport insurance to clients of all sizes. We are licensed in all 50 states. Get a free Aircraft insurance quote or contact us at 877-247-7767 for more information.