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AIR to Attend Aviation Homecoming

Monday, September 29th, 2014

New for this year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) is hosting aviation fly-ins around the country to meet its members and to join pilots and aviation enthusiasts together. On Saturday, October 4th AOPA will have a homecoming celebration, bringing the fly-in back to Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK) for the first time in five years.

The event takes off at 8:30am with a pancake breakfast (register here) and continues with a day of aircraft exhibits and free seminars. At 2:30pm AOPA president, Mark Baker, will conduct a Pilot Town Hall meeting. Other activities include flights in the EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress (sign up here) and an aerobatic performance by Red Bull Air Race Champion pilot Michael Goulian. The event closes at 4pm.

Fun with Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

The aircraft insurance specialists at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) will have a booth and a cookout at the AOPA homecoming. Aviation plays an important role in the lives of the agents and pilots at AIR and those in the Frederick Home Office spend many a day flying (and hangar flying) out at KFDK.

All agents from the Frederick Home Office will be in attendance as well as Melissa McKinley, who manages the Bradford, Pennsylvania location. You can greet the agents at Booth #21 in the exhibitor tent next to AOPA headquarters from 9am to 4pm. AIR is also hosting a free cookout for new and prospective clients and friends at Hangar E7 from 11am to 2:30pm!

Make a weekend out of it

AIR and AOPA are based in the beautiful city of Frederick, MD. Historic downtown Frederick offers fantastic shopping, restaurants offering various culinary experiences and a strolls along a scenic creek and park. Frederick is also just under a 50 mile drive from Baltimore and Washington D.C. as well as only 20 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Flying in – Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area

Among the clouds there are many invisible boundaries that pilots must adhere to. Established for security concerns, special events, or even defining the rules of flight for airspace surrounding an airport, these boundaries are important to know about before each flight. One of the most widely known types of airspace is the Special Flight Rules Area, or SFRA, around the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. which plays a role when flying in the vicinity of FDK. You can learn more about the Washington D.C. SFRA here.

About AOPA

AOPA is the largest general aviation association in the world dedicated to protecting its members’ freedom to fly. AOPA member services include legal services, advice, educational events and advocacy work with the U.S. government. You may learn more about AOPA at

About Aviation Insurance Resources

Aviation Insurance Resources provides a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to clients of all sizes. AIR represents all of the major insurance markets and offers the broadest package of protection and the best available rates. To learn more about the Aviation Insurance Resources, please call 877-247-7767 or visit today and receive an Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow AIR on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.


Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Lands at EAA AirVenture

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

BoothFor 51 weeks a year, EAA is an international community of more than 160,000 aviation enthusiasts that share their passions for flying, building, and restoring of recreational aircraft. But for one week each summer, EAA members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 500,000 from more than 60 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

It’s that time of year again! EAA AirVenture 2014 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – features more than 10,000 aircraft; daily air shows; nightly entertainers,; forums and hands-on workshops, and so much more.

As usual, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) is attending all week at booth #1141 in Building A. AIR offers a wide range of aircraft insurance options for aircraft of all makes and models, from experimental aircraft to standard aircraft such as Cessna Aircraft, Beechcraft, and Cirrus Aircraft to Robinson Helicopters, Piper Cubs, and Corporate Aircraft.

We are always happy to meet our customers and pilot friends. Stop by for a quote; get answers to your insurance questions or just to tell us your favorite flying stories!

We are excited to meet you. Safe flying!

To find out more about EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh or 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, and Google+. 

Get into the AIR with gyroplane insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The gyroplane, also known as an autogyro or gyrocopter made its mark early in aviation history, first flown in January of 1923. Since then, gyroplanes have been catching the hearts of pilots around the world. Amelia Earhart even had to get in on the action, breaking a women’s world altitude record in a gyroplane in 1931. With the ability to fly as a helicopter including STOL (short take-off and landing) and float capabilities, the gyroplane is a unique class of aircraft offered in the aviation market that includes that “rotor wing flying” experience. To properly protect a gyroplane, an insurance agency knowledgeable in the rotor wing industry is a must. That company is Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR).

As pilots themselves, AIR agents understand the unique nature of obtaining rotor wing insurance. In fact, they recently invited aviation insurance underwriters to join them on some gyroplane flights so that they could experience first-hand how safely and easily gyroplane aircraft are handled. The fact that AIR is willing to go the extra mile (or fly it!) ensures they are meeting their aviation insurance customers’ needs. Making the customers’ needs priority one is what ranks them among the most respected aviation insurance brokers in the industry.

Do you own or are looking at purchasing a Vortex, Lightning or the new Sportcopter II gyroplane? Perhaps an AutoGyroUSA MTO Sport, Calidus, or Cavalon or a Magni Gyro? Regardless of the brand of the gyrocopter, AIR agents are here to assist you with your gyroplane insurance every step of the way. AIR will get you covered so you are on your way to experiencing “rotor wing flying” in your very own gyrocopter.

Founded in 1999, Aviation Insurance Resources is licensed in all 50 states and has regional offices throughout the country to serve you better! If you are interested in learning more about gyrocopter insurance, helicopter insurance, or aircraft insurance discounts, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote!

AIR Agents to Attend U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

SebringTime flies and especially for pilots! It is time again for light sport aircraft enthusiasts to gather in sunny Florida for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo! Whether you fly in or drive in, are a present light sport owner or just looking, the Expo has something for everyone.

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo kicks off this Thursday, January 16th and continues throughout the weekend. Each day, attendees can participate in aviation workshops and forums and other activities. Enjoy performances by the Flying Musicians and stop by Show Center at 1:30 to see which keynote speaker is featured. Next enjoy the manufacturers showcase and an airshow at the Main Stage. It all ends Sunday at 2:30pm with awards, prizes and the 4th Annual Sebring Send-Off to the Bahamas!

From the Seaplane Base to the Main Stage, Aviation Insurance Resources agents Chris Wolbert and Joe Cacho  will be on the grounds of the Expo this week. They are looking forward to sharing their knowledge of LSA aircraft insurance, meeting new friends and catching up with current customers.


What is a Light Sport Aircraft?

Light Sport Aircraft include everything from tail draggers and tri gear to Floatplanes and Amphibians. So what actually qualifies as a Light Sport Aircraft? According to the FAA, requirements include:

1. The aircraft has a single, non-turbine engine

2. The aircraft has fixed landing gear

3. The aircraft holds a maximum of two occupants

4. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 1,320 lbs.

5. The aircraft has a 45-knot clean stall speed

6. The aircraft has a 120-knot top speed at maximum continuous power


Light Sport Aircraft Insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources

Licensed in all 50 states, AIR provides a wide range of aircraft insurance options for aircraft of all  makes and models, from Light Sport Aircraft to large jets. AIR offers insurance on several LSA makes and models including, but not limited to: BushCat, Flight Design CT , Czech Sportcruiser, Cubcrafters, Carbon Cub, Evektor, Tecnam, Cessna Skycatcher 162, Bristell, and more!

If you need assistance in understanding Light Sport Aircraft insurance or wish to find out what aviation insurance discounts are available, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit today and receive a free Aircraft insurance quote!

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The AutoPilot Magazine: Aviation Insurance Resources

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Service with integrity from the professionals you know and trust.

The date and time of Jon Harden’s firing is still clear in his memory. What wasn’t so clear at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 16, 1998, were the opportunities that were about to open up for Harden, and the brand-new business he would launch as a result: Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), or AIR-PROS.

Harden had been in charge of aviation insurer Avemco’s regional sales offices, and before he knew it, the company launched a corporate restructuring that eliminated the entire network. Harden was convinced then, as he is now, that experienced aviation insurance agents with direct personal knowledge of their customers, provide the best service, lowest prices and lowest risks for insurers.

A few weeks after being escorted out of Avemco’s headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, Harden assembled a team of experienced former colleagues committed to providing the highest personal service to GA clients.

All of his current team had been similarly displaced. Instead of bringing them to one central office, however, Harden kept them in place, just as they had been at Avemco.

“I felt strongly that our people should be in the field, close to their customers, so they could provide the very best service,” says Harden. “It’s the right way to run a business.”

Harden founded AIR in 1999. The company has 15 employees working in four regional offices: Frederick, Maryland; Orlando, Florida; Thousand Oaks, California, and Bradford, Pennsylvania. All AIR agents are GA pilots, and many own their own aircraft.

AIR is licensed to do business in all 50 states. It started from the ground and has grown into one of the country’s largest GA insurance agencies.

“It’s hard—maybe impossible—for non-pilots to know aviation as intimately as we do,” says Harden, a commercial pilot and CFII, who has been flying since 1979 and owns a Cessna 180 and Pitts S1S. “We’re aviation people. We love being part of this industry, and we know this market better than anyone else.”

Harden has had many opportunities to branch out into auto, marine, or other types of insurance but always resists. “We’re committed to aviation, and aviation will remain our sole focus,” he says. “Our commitment goes a long way with our customers; it’s what sets us apart from the competition,” adds AIR Regional Vice President and commercial pilot Chris Wolbert.

Despite two challenging years for the broader aviation industry in 2008 and 2009, AIR has continued to expand the number of policies it writes, which is mostly through word-of-mouth recommendations from its existing customers.

In recent years, AIR has moved aggressively to convince insurance underwriters to back the fledgling Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category. The company even helped structure and sell some of the first policies for LSA flight schools.

“I’m proud of the work we did helping LSA flight schools get started,” he says. “It’s going to be good for the aviation industry in the long-run because the lower operational costs of LSAs are going to attract more people to aviation.” AIR also writes policies for turbine aircraft owners, FBOs, corporate flight departments, flight schools and charter operations.

The company exhibits annually at both Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s EAA AirVenture and Sebring, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. It also attends AOPA’s Aviation Summit; NBAA’s conventions; and Lakeland, Florida’s Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in addition to many regional fly-ins.

Furthermore, Harden says an influx of new insurance underwriters has lowered premiums dramatically for turbine aircraft in the last three years, with premiums falling 25 to 50 percent during this period. A similar trend has reduced insurance costs for piston aircraft owners too but not nearly so steeply.

According to Harden, insurance costs for consumers have stabilized and are unlikely to sharply move up or down for the foreseeable future. “I don’t see any dramatic changes on the horizon for either the turbine or piston market,” he says.

Aircraft owners are advised to evaluate aviation insurance agents carefully and find one they trust and who has extensive industry knowledge. AIR has access to a spectrum of large and small insurance underwriters, and Harden’s agents work hard to find the best possible options for customers, whether the agents are writing new policies or renewing existing ones. “One call to us allows a customer to shop the entire market,” says Harden.

“Although we’re large, we treat our customers like we’re a small company,” adds AIR agent and private pilot Gregg Ellsworth.

AIR’s steady growth continues to be gaining one customer at a time through one referral at a time. As part of AIR’s growth, it’s acquired agencies over the years and would consider obtaining others in the future; however, AIR is extremely selective.

“Our approach to business success is simple,” Harden explains. “We stay focused on market trends, and we do the best we possibly can for our customers. Integrity and customer service are our core values and has been the basis of our success to date, and it will be the basis of our success going forward. We take a long-term approach to our business without compromising our integrity. Our aspirations have never been to be the biggest, just the best. In hindsight, starting AIR was absolutely the best thing that could have happened to me. It was a shock and quite a struggle at first. But things have definitely turned out for the best.”

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