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AIR Offers Insurance Discounts for OpenAirplane Users

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

open airplane logoThe OpenAirplane Network was created to make aircraft rental easier, connecting more than 5,000 pilots in one, easy-to-use system. Open irplane makes it easy to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental online or with a mobile device. Now pilots everywhere can rent aircraft without the hassle and expense of a local checkout.

Thanks to an exclusive partnership with Starr Aviation, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) now offers members of the OpenAirplane Network up to 10% in savings on their renters insurance!  A 5% discount is available for pilots who have completed the OpenAirplane Universal Pilot Checkout. Simply provide your insurance agent with a copy of the OpenAirplane Universal Pilot Checkout prior to binding coverage to receive your discount. Pilots that are claim free will receive an additional 5% discount resulting in a total of 10% in savings!

The OpenAirplane Network, Rental Aircraft Insurance and Commercial Insurance from Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) and Starr Aviation have been steadfast supporters of OpenAirplane since its creation, assisting OpenAirplane on the insurance side of their program. AIR works with Starr Aviation on renters insurance, pleasure and business policies and on commercial insurance. We are premier partners with Starr Aviation and have been able to create insurance options for those using the OpenAirplane network, making insurance coverage readily available and competitive. Because of this unique partnership, our two companies are the most familiar with OpenAirplane requirements in the aviation insurance market.

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, builders risk insurance, and Corporate Aircraft.

To find out more about the OpenAirplane Network and Aviation Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote!

Are Pilots Texting? :: The Dangers of using Cellphones when Flying

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The Transportation Safety Board believes a pilot’s cell phone use could be partially to blame for a fatal 2011 plane crash near the airport in Fort St. John, B.C. The TSB report noted that the pilot spent approximately 28 minutes on his phone on what was only a 65 minute flight from Peace River, Alta., to Fort St. John, B.C.

“The aircraft had experienced several large altitude deviations while the pilot was using his cellphone,” the report stated. In fact, the Cessna 185 E dipped from a low of 3,500 feet to a high of 4,600 feet three times during the flight, which could correspond with 3 text messages the pilot received during the flight.

“This distraction was prevalent throughout the flight and in conjunction with the night conditions encountered, may have contributed to the (crash),” the report stated.

The last of these messages was received 11 minutes before the fatal crash.

The Dangers of Texting and Flying

According to the TSB report, “There have been no comprehensive studies regarding the use of cellphones as a distraction in an aviation context. The phenomenon has, however, been extensively studied in the automotive sector.”

The TSB recommends that pilots avoid using cellphones during flight unless there is an emergency.

“Pilots who engage in non-essential text and voice cell phone communications while conduction flight operations may be distracted from flying the aircraft, placing crew and passengers at risk,” the report concluded.

Other Factors that could have contributed to the Crash

The TSB noted several other factors which could have affected the pilot’s performance, including:

  • Time Crunch: The pilot was operating on day visual flight rules (Canada) and was required to be back to the Fort St. John airport before nightfall.
  • Situational Awareness: The TSB report states that the pilot may have lost situational awareness, also referred to as the black-hole effect. This occurs during a visual approach when the only visual stimuli are lights on or near the airport. Without visual references, the pilot’s depth perception may have been off.

The report said there was no indication of an aircraft system malfunction or that the pilot was unwell.

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Pilot’s cellphone use may have been partial cause of fatal 2011 plane crash in B.C.