Posts Tagged ‘Light Sport Aircraft’

Sling 2 Aircraft Soars Effortlessly at the Midwest LSA Expo

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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Photo courtesy Midwest Sky Sports

Overcast skies did not subdue the excited pilots and exhibitors at the Midwest Sport Aviation Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois last weekend. As in years past, this free event welcomed aviation enthusiasts from around the nation to discover the latest the sport aviation industry has to offer. To Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) agent, Gregg Ellsworth, the Sling aircraft created the biggest draw.

Granted, Gregg’s opinion may be a bit biased as he quickly found himself strapped inside the Sling, enjoying the fresh breeze with the canopy pulled back, taxiing towards the runway. With the low ceiling, Gregg and instructor Andy Enos from Lapeer Flight Training in Lapeer MI, leveled off at 2,000 feet. Despite a chop in the air, Gregg performed steep turns and other maneuvers, finding the Sling to be sporty but stable and easy to fly.

“The Sling is an easy and simple aircraft to learn to fly in while still having great technological features such as the glass panel,” Gregg said after the flight. He added, “the view can’t be beat!”

AIR was instrumental in making insurance available for many new LSA aircraft entering the market and quickly became a leading LSA insurer. With access to all the aviation insurance markets, AIR is able to obtain the lowest available rates without compromising coverage. AIR is the official insurer of Lapeer Flight Training as well as Sling Dealers Midwest Sky Sports and AeroSport, both who were in attendance at the expo with their respective Sling 2 aircraft.

AIR provides a full range of aircraft insurance including other light sport aircraft such as the Flight Design, Czech Sportcruiser, CubCrafters, Evektor, Tecnam and more! AIR represents all of the major aviation insurance markets so we can offer you the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

For more information call 301-682-6200 or request a quote online today!

 

Looking Back on U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2015

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The cloudy days did not conceal the shine in the eyes of vendors, manufacturers, dealers and pilots at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida last week. Aircraft ranged from Cub Crafters and Legend Cub to the return of Paradise Aircraft and the introduction of the new Groppo Avio Trail. All aspects of light sport aviation were represented at this unique expo.

The mood at the Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) booth was upbeat and positive as we saw an increase in attendance. Numerous pilots were taking advantage of light sport rules and returning to aviation after a long hiatus. Renter pilots were excited to find they could instantly purchase insurance for non-owned light sport aircraft on our website. And a large number of pilots also stopped by to ask questions about amphibious light sport insurance for airplanes like the Searey.

Light sport insurance quote requests included Sonex, Bristell, Tecnam, Evektor, Flight Design, Zenith, Czech Sport and Jabiru aircraft. This proves that enthusiasm for this relatively new aircraft category is still fresh; with many pilots stating the affordability of these aircraft and no need for an aviation medical as reasons why they chose light sport.

New and prospective light sport builders stopped by the AIR booth as well. We offer a builders and restorers insurance program, designed to protect the aircraft during the building or restoring stage regardless of pilot experience and qualifications. Customized with your needs in mind, this policy offers flexible liability and hull coverage options.

To discover more about insuring your light sport aircraft with AIR please contact us by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive an aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+

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 AIR-PROS.com today and receive a free Aircraft insurance quote!

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Understanding Light Sport Aircraft

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

by Victoria Neuville
From: Aviation Digest; January 2014

Excitement. Travel. Freedom. These are all words many pilots use to describe what it is like to fly. Today, there is a plethora of aircraft options tailored to fit these descriptions and the needs of each and every pilot. In 2004, the FAA added a new category of aircraft: Light Sport Aircraft, or LSA. By adding this category, a new genre of pilot certification was also introduced, the sport pilot. Reduced training minimums and removing medical requirements allowed many pilots to take to the air again, or for the first time. These breakthrough additions were not popular at first, but are gaining momentum now more than ever.

Inexpensive.  Advanced.  No medical required. These are some of the many reasons pilots list regarding their decision to purchase or rent a light sport aircraft. What qualifies as a light sport aircraft? The aircraft must meet several requirements to include: a two seat maximum, a maximum take-off weight of 1,320 pounds and a 45 knot clean (no flaps extended) stall speed. In addition, the aircraft must have a single, non-turbine engine and fixed landing gear. Requirements can differ for amphibious LSAs.

While several new models have entered production to specifically fit these requirements, many vintage and other standard category aircraft have also been able to squeeze into this category. Many Aeronca and Taylorcraft airplanes are able to fly under light sport rules. Another popular existing model is the Piper Cub.

LSA pilots, like the aircraft they fly, must meet certain requirements, although these are a bit more relaxed compared to the private pilot certificate. A major benefit to the sport pilot rating is that an aviation medical certificate is not required: A valid driver’s license will do. However, if you have been previously declined a medical by the FAA, you may not fly under sport pilot rules until the medical situation has been reviewed. In addition, the Code of Federal Regulations 61.23(b) states “a person shall not act as pilot in command, or in any other capacity as a required pilot flight crewmember, while that person knows or has reason to know of any medical condition that would make the person unable to operate the aircraft in a safe manner.” When in doubt if you are able to fly legally under sport pilot rules, consult your physician.

Earning a sport pilot certificate is cost effective as minimum flight training time for sport pilots is 20 hours, versus the 40 hours required for a private pilot. An FAA sport pilot knowledge test and practical exam are also required. However, a sport pilot certificate does have its limitations. All flights must be conducted in day visual flight rules (or VFR) conditions. Flights also cannot be performed for hire or for business use. Sport pilots wishing to become sport flight instructors must complete the fundamentals of instruction training and knowledge test, as well as a sport pilot instruction written test and practical flight. Additionally, they must have five hours experience in the make and model aircraft before giving dual instruction. Pilots who are already flight instructors may instruct in sport planes without any additional FAA requirements.

Ease. Experience. One call. With the dawn of the light sport market came the need for LSA specific insurance products. Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) was quick to provide a variety of options to suit their needs.

Aircraft insurance is available on many levels for light sport aircraft. At a minimum coverage for bodily injury and proper damage is available, often known as “liability only”. For those wishing to protect the hull of the aircraft, physical damage is also available. There are several options available for the hull coverage, first being full, in-flight coverage. Others include ground-not-in-motion or ground and taxi only coverage.

These products can protect LSAs categorized as standard certified LSAs as well as amateur built (experimental) LSAs. For those constructing their own amateur built LSA or restoring a vintage classic, builders risk policies are available during the process, regardless of piloting experience. For those who chose to rent versus purchase their very own LSA, non-owned, or renters insurance, is also available and covers flying an LSA aircraft.

When contacting your insurance agent for a policy on an aircraft you own, it is helpful to have some information handy. First being aircraft information, such as N#, make and model, and the hull value you are considering. Next, flying history on the pilots that will be flying the aircraft is needed. This includes full names, age, and ratings. An estimate of flight times, specifically, time in the make and model of aircraft being insured and time flown in the last 12 months will also be requested.

Kyle Grim, the owner of a Rans S7 LSA recently stated, “I love my LSA’s unique capabilities and was impressed how easily AIR was able to understand what I need in insurance to ensure my piece of mind.”

To keep more cash in your wallet for avgas, there are several opportunities for insurance discounts.  Be sure to inform your agent if your aircraft is kept in a hangar at your airport base: Many times discounts are available for keeping it safely tucked away. Members of aviation organizations such as AOPA and EAA can also receive extra insurance perks and discounts through certain insurance carriers. Be sure to have your organization member number handy when shopping for an insurance quote. Some carriers offer up to 5% off non-owned coverage for those that complete a WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program phase prior to their renewal. Others offer discounts on owned aircraft policies when a WINGS phase or annual recognized training is completed.

Whatever words you chose to use to describe your passion for flight or your type of aircraft, safety and peace of mind are words you cannot ignore. The agents at AIR will be happy to help you find an insurance package that is right for you as you navigate the new world of light sport aircraft so you can focus on the words that mean the most to you.

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AIR offers a wide range of aircraft insurance options for aircraft of all makes and models, not just light sport! From experimental aircraft to standard aircraft, such as Cessna Aircraft, Beechcraft, and Cirrus Aircraft to Robinson Helicopters, builders risk insurance, and Corporate Aircraft. AIR works with ALL the major aviation insurance markets and can help you find aircraft insurance discounts.

 

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To find out more about when your own quote will be ready, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote!

 

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Aviation Insurance Resources to attend the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Friday, December 7th, 2012

From January 17-20, 2013, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) will be exhibiting at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and event that focuses on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot Certificate. AIR’s Chris Wolbert & Gregg Ellsworth will be managing our booth. Please stop by for a visit! We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about aviation insurance.

Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2013


The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has outside and inside displays in addition to food concessionaires. Special events including an exhibitor/sponsor reception, aircraft auction, food & wine tastings, seaplane base, and a volunteer recognition dinner

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About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)

Licensed in all 50 states, AIR provides a wide range of aircraft insurance options for aircraft of all shapes and sizes, from large jets to Light Sport Aircraft. We also provide aviation insurance products, including event insurance.

What is a Light Sport Aircraft?

Light Sport Aircraft include Fixed-Wing Airplanes, Trikes, Powered Parachutes, Gliders, and Gyroplanes as well as Floatplanes and Amphibians. FAA determined characteristics for LSA include:

1. A maximum of two occupants

2. A maximum take-off weight of 1,320 pounds (seaplanes 1,430 pounds)

3. A 45-knot clean stall speed

4. A 120-knot top speed at maximum continuous power

5. A single, non-turbine engine

6. Fixed landing gear (amphibious floatplanes can have “repositionable” gear).

To find out more about Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo or if you have any questions, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today and receive a free Aircraft insurance quote!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at AIR!

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AIR Insurance Policies at Fourth Annual Midwest LSA Expo

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

This September, from Thursday the 6th through Saturday, the 8th, Aviation Insurance Resources’s (AIR’s) very own Gregg Ellsworth, our Regional Representative, will be attending the 4th Annual Midwest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois – an event organized to sell Light Sport Aircraft, LSA Ancillary Services, and LSA related services.

Ellsworth will be available at the event to talk with clients about LSA insurance, and to provide comprehensive run-downs on what AIR’s policies include.

Here at AIR, we know that building and restoring aircrafts is a substantial investment of time, dedication, and labor. Plane construction enthusiasts as well as pilot hobbyists rightfully derive immense gratification from their work and yearn to start their engines and take off into the great blue abyss with their newly completed aircraft. In the excitement of so doing, practical matters like insurance coverage are often tossed to the wayside.

Many aircraft construction projects begin at home, but they are not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Stored in hangars during assembly, they may be susceptible to flood and storm damage. Ground risk hull insurance – for when your plane is not in motion – protects your aircraft from the aforementioned liabilities, in addition to fire, theft, animal damage, wind damage, hangar collapse, and more.

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) recently launched a builders and restorers insurance policy. Customized with the builder’s needs in mind, the new insurance plan through AIR offers flexible liability and hull coverage options. The policy is designed to protect the aircraft during the building or restoring stage regardless of pilot experience and qualifications.

If you’re attending this week’s Midwest LSA Expo, don’t forget to stop off and meet Gregg Ellsworth and learn more about AIR’s services to pilots and those with a passion for flight. We’ll be sure to help you take wing.

If you have any questions, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today!

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.

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