Posts Tagged ‘aviation insurance’

Scholarship Awarded to Aircraft Dispatcher; Future Flight Instructor

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Scholarship Awarded to Aircraft Dispatcher; Future Flight Instructor

Oshkosh, WI June 25, 2016 – Leading aircraft insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), announced today the finalist in their inaugural “Get into the AIR” aviation scholarship. The competition was fierce but the AIR scholarship committee ultimately decided on an aircraft dispatcher that stood out from the rest of the applications, Caitlin Lyons.

Filled with lofty goals, Caitlin’s determination is unmatched. During her private pilot training, Caitlin lived in Manhattan without a car. Her commute to a general aviation airport consisted of 1 ½ hours by train followed by a three mile walk one way; all while working full time! Caitlin’s career change to an aircraft dispatcher has brought her to California where she has begun advanced training. She is a member of Girls with Wings, The Ninety-Nines and Women of Aviation. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking to others about aviation, especially women and children.

Caitlin will be using the $500 scholarship to kick start training for her instrument rating. She plans to complete her instrument rating, commercial rating, as well as her CFII and MEI within the next two years. You can keep up-to-date with Caitlin’s career progress on her blog at www.CessnaChick.com.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For updates on future scholarships or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

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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. 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!

Aviation Scholarship Opportunity!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

A $500 aviation scholarship is being offered for student pilots and pilots to help further their training. Sponsored by Frederick based aviation insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), CT Designthe Get into the Air scholarship can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check or a check ride.

AIR is seeking an applicant whose essay and recommendation letter best describes their goals, drive and involvement in the aviation industry. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2016 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline to enter is June 15th. Scholarship applications are available for download at www.AIR-PROS.com/scholarship.php.

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For scholarship questions or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

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 AIR-PROS.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. Keep flying safe, we’ll see you at the airport!

Aviation Manufacturer Product Liability

Monday, January 4th, 2016

While a majority of aircraft accidents are result of pilot error, occasionally a product defect is deemed the probable cause behind an aircraft accident or incident. Aircraft are intricate machines madeEngine up of thousands of parts, both stationary and moving. Besides large components such as the engine or landing gear, many small parts such as switches, valves, caps and even bolts can play a role in aircraft safety. If you supply or manufacture a component used in an aircraft, you may be held legally liable in the event of a claim. An aviation manufacturer product liability policy can protect your business’s financial interests.

Who may need product liability coverage?

Aircraft manufacturers, STC modification builders, avionics, instrument and interior manufactures are all at risk for product liability. If your company distributes or builds aircraft propellers, sheet metal, brakes, tires, lights, etc., it is important to look into product liability. Any business that is responsible for a component that ends up in an aircraft could be held liable in the event of a lawsuit.

Three types of risk

Not all aircraft products or manufacturers are alike. However, each share three types of risk in regards to their product:

Design defect – The complete line of products is inherently dangerous.

Manufacturing defect – The component falls short in being produced appropriately.

Failure to warn – The manufacture of the product did not provide substantial instructions and warnings on the correct use of the part.

Product Protection

An aviation manufacturer product liability policy will provide a defense in the case of property damage, bodily injury or the grounding of a fleet due to a product hazard. The aviation insurance specialists at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) are dedicated to protecting your business and its future. AIR will guide you through the insurance process to provide you with peace of mind as your company serves the aviation industry. To learn more about aviation manufacturer product liability policies through Aviation Insurance Resources call 877-247-7767 or visit us online at www.AIR-PROS.com today!

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Aerial Advertising Insurance

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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Skyspot Advertising Cessna 172 with Electric Sign

Aerial advertising is an extremely powerful form of marketing. Not everyone will think twice when they see a plane fly by, but a banner trailing behind it or an electrically lit sign in the night will surely demand a crowd’s attention. The message is large, it turns heads, and most importantly, it is memorable. According to Skyspot Advertising, aerial advertising grabs 88% of an audience’s attention and 79% of those recall what was being promoted. Whether they chose banner towing or an aircraft equipped with an electric sign, for marketers aerial advertising just makes sense. For pilots, it’s a grand business opportunity and a lot of fun!

A pivotal aspect of every successful business is the budget, even more so when it comes to commercial aviation operations. There are plenty of expenses to consider, especially when it comes to protecting your operation with aerial advertising insurance. Not all insurance policies are the same and not all insurance agents are either. All of the agents at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) are pilots and understand the proper questions that need to be asked about your business. Our goal is to provide you with a policy package to protect your assets in the event you were to be held legally liable for property damage or bodily injury. Coverage can also extend to physical damage of your aircraft and equipment.

AIR will provide you with not only the broadest coverage available, but at a rate that does not upset your company budget. We shop all of the major aviation insurance markets that are competitive for aerial advertising and banner towing, therefore offering flexibility when it comes to choosing an insurance policy that meets your specific needs. In addition, we are licensed nationwide in all 50 states to serve you better!

If you are looking to start up an aerial advertising firm, tow banners from time to time, or just wish to take a new look at your insurance rates, give the aviation experts at Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) a call at 301-682-6200. You can also complete and online quote request today! To learn more about AIR you can find us at www.AIR-PROS.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!

 

The Truth Behind Avemco Solicitations

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

As an aircraft owner, it is highly likely your name and address has been plucked off of the FAA database for a variety of aviation-related mailing blasts. Often it can be hard to sort through the facts and fiction sold in these solicitations. We recently received a letter from Avemco Insurance Company that we wanted to review with you.

The following are excerpts from a recent mailing. While the items listed are all valid points that are important to the consumer, they are not Avemco-exclusive policy provisions. The Avemco statements referenced have been copied word for word from a letter dated 10/19/15. Let’s take a closer look together:

1. Avemco still pays your covered claim even if your medical, annual or flight inspection expires accidentally mid-term.

Life is busy! While most pilots are responsible, detail oriented individuals, important due dates can slip away from us. Luckily, most insurance carriers will still pay your claim in the event of an accidental lapse of an FAA requirement (such as your medical, annual inspection or flight review). That being said, it is important to remember that when you sign an aircraft insurance application you are attesting to the terms and conditions laid out, Avemco or otherwise.

2. Avemco connects you directly with an Aviation Insurance Specialist in our Frederick, MD home office empowered to approve coverage and solve problems.

While Avemco connects you to a company employee, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) takes this a step further. Our knowledgeable agents are all pilots! While Avemco representatives can approve coverage (limited by their level of authority) on the phone, we advise an insured prior to talking to the underwriter and discuss the best course of action for your specific needs. AIR works on your behalf, not the insurance company’s.

3. Avemco can give you a personalized quote and even insure you in one phone call.

Avemco can provide one aircraft insurance quote with a phone call because they have the ability to set their own rates. At AIR, we shop all of the major carriers competitive for your unique situation to provide you with the broadest coverage at the lowest available rate. We do not lock you in to just one number and one set of terms. Generally, AIR can provide you with a quote and coverage the same day and at a lower rate than Avemco.

4. Avemco lets you manage your policy, make changes and pay your premium online.

While Avemco promotes their ability to change a policy online, we like to provide you with a personal touch. We are thrilled to pick up the phone and discuss your needs pilot to pilot. In the event a phone call is not convenient for you, you can expect a prompt response from one of our agents via email. We like technology, too, and offer streamlined customer service online! Many applications and forms are available on our website, including portholes to update contact and pilot history information. You can also make your payment online!

5. Safe pilots can save up to 25% on their Avemco annual premium: Save for completing a FAASTeam WINGS course. Save for getting Avemco-recognized recurrent training or a new rating. Save for having an Instrument Rating. Save for hangaring your airplane.

Flying safe is beneficial to you and your loved ones, and to your aircraft insurance rates as well! Aviation insurance policies quoted by AIR may contain a combination of the discounts listed in the above Avemco solicitation. Discounts for FAASTeam WINGS courses and being claims free are available for both owned and non-owned policies! An instrument rating, new ratings, recurrent training, as well as hangaring your aircraft can offer additional savings! Several policies contain extra benefits and discounts for AOPA and EAA members that are not even offered by Avemco.

Line by line it is proven that AIR can offer everything that Avemco claims, plus more! So why involve the middle man? We are pilots looking out for your interest and service with integrity is our priority! Purchasing an aircraft takes time and research. With just two phone calls (Avemco and AIR) you will be provided with all available aircraft insurance quotes from the major markets to make an educated decision. We are so confident in our ability to serve you, we encourage you to call Avemco, our competitor!

To get into the air with your aviation insurance quote today, call our agent and pilots at 877-247-7767 or click here to request a quote online. To learn more about AIR you can find us at www.AIR-PROS.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!

 

 

 

 

 

AIR FAQ – Helicopter Non-Owned Coverage

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Q: My friend told me that I need insurance for renting an aircraft. Aren’t I covered under my flight school’s policy?

A: Although flight schools carry protection for their aircraft, this protection does not necessarily extend to the renter pilot. Often the flight school agreement holds the renter responsible for any and all damage if a loss were to occur. In addition, an insurance carrier may seek to recover their losses by subrogating against the renter responsible for an accident.

Q: I rent a helicopter from a flight school. I know there is fixed wing non-owned insurance, but can I get covered for rotorcraft rental?

A: For years, helicopter renters have been greatly exposed due to the lack of non-owned rotorcraft coverage in the aviation insurance market. Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has worked diligently to fill this need and now offers helicopter renters insurance! All of the agents at AIR are aircraft renters or owners themselves, so they understand that while most pilots never plan on having an accident, they can occur. This coverage can certainly bring “peace of mind” in the unlikely event that was to happen.

Q: I’m on a budget, is buying a renter policy really worth it?

A: Often pilots are unaware that their defense costs are also covered in a renter policy. In the event that a suit were to be brought against the renter pilot after an accident by an injured party (bodily injury or property damage or damage to a helicopter), a legal defense is provided by the insurance company and they will try and settle the suit within the limits of coverage purchased. Without coverage, just an initial consultation with an attorney for a couple of hours today would cost in excess of $500 alone. A non-owned rotorcraft insurance policy can start at as low as $304 annually for liability only! Discounts are also available if you are claims free or if you have completed a FAAST Wings phase within the last 12 months.

Q: I’m juggling a full time job along with helicopter flight training several times a week. How much paperwork is involved in securing non-owned helicopter coverage?

A: Good news! Starting helicopter renters insurance has never been easier! With one visit to our website, you can start coverage in under ten minutes and receive binder confirmation almost instantly! Simply click here to get started! Prefer to talk to an aviation insurance professional prior to starting coverage? Our agents and pilots are standing by to assist you with any questions and insurance needs. Simply call 877-247-7767 today!

Flying Club Spotlight: The Octopus Flying Club

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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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 octopusflyingclub.com, email info@octopusflyingclub.com, 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!

Montgomery County Airpark to host Open House

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The leaves are starting to change colors and there’s a chill in the air. It’s a perfect time to fly in or drive in to one the last airport open houses of the season! Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI) and DC Metro Aviation invite pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the airpark on Saturday, October 17th from 10am until 2pm.

Guests can expect to see multiple static aircraft displays to include a PanAm DC-3, live music by the band Too Much for Todd, children’s activities, aircraft rides and free hot dogs, chili and hamburgers! Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) will have a table at the event and our knowledgeable agents and pilots will be available to answer any aircraft insurance questions you may have.

Pilots, please note that GAI is within the Washington D.C SFRA. The ramp will be closed from 7am until 3pm and the runway will be closed form 12pm until 1pm. We hope to see you at this fun family event!