Buyers of coverage for aircraft, aviation businesses and property have found a silver lining in the recession: relatively stable prices for insurance. Attendees at this year’s Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) conference confirm the news; too much available insurance capacity means that no underwriter has the power to raise prices.
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Issues regarding aviation insurance.
The Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group (AAIRRG), developed by the Alexandria, Virginia-based Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and Polaris Enterprise Group, received its certificate of authority (insurance license) this week from the state of Montana. AAIRRG will provide product-liability insurance exclusively to repair stations that are ARSA members.
A 21-day sales tax exemption provision for out-of-state residents bringing newly purchased aircraft into Florida failed to pass the Florida Legislature last month. The bill passed the state’s House in late April, but the Senate refused to hear the bill based upon language that “allegedly created a negative revenue impact on the state budget.”
As worries about the economic health of insurance giant AIG dominated headlines last month, they also sparked concern among business aircraft operators about the state of their insurance coverage.
Wichita-based PIM Aviation Insurance, an insurance broker serving the business and commercial aviation market since 1982, recently added life insurance for pilots to its portfolio. Pilots interested in obtaining a free quote can stop by Booth No. 5111. PIM partnered with several insurance companies willing to provide competitively priced life insurance for pilots when they are operating aircraft, the company said.
Buying an aircraft can be a daunting task. Unless a company or individual has deep pockets, it will inevitably require either leasing with an option to buy or financing a purchase. Even if paying in cash is an option, doing so can be problematic. Dave Labrozzi, senior v-p and general manager of Danbury, Conn.-based GE Corporate Aircraft Group, explained the difference between leasing with an option to buy and outright purchase.
To better understand insurance it helps to understand what it really is. The historical foundation of insurance is that disaster can strike anyone, at any time. The concept of insurance is the good fortune of many helping provide for the bad fortune of a few.
There was no such thing as aviation insurance when Shakespeare penned, in Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” If there had been, the quote might have been a bit longer, according to many in the industry. Next to lawyers, everyone loves to hate insurance agents and underwriters.
USAIG (Booth No. 2621) and its managers, United States Aviation Underwriters, this week announced the start of a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. The New York-based company was launched in 1928 and has insured such well-known personalities as Lieutenant James (Jimmy) Dolittle’s first instrument flight and such tragedies as the crash of the airship Hindenburg.
With the country in mourning for the tremendous loss of life from the terrorist attacks, the financial loss seemed to pale by comparison. But as Americans began to recover from the initial shock, the economic concerns loomed darker, and the insurance industry was among the first to feel the fiscal effects. It was also one of the first to put measures into effect to minimize losses and recover from the economic blow.