Aviation insurance rates can be affected by the vagaries of the stock and investment markets, insurance claims unrelated to the aviation industry and historic peaks and valleys in policy pricing. And further cost pressures are added because the number of aviation insurers continues to decrease.
Following last September 11, aircraft owners and operators began bracing for massive hikes in insurance coverage and changes in the limits of that coverage. Now, a year later, their fears are being realized. But while rates have risen, sometimes triple those before September 11, the increases are not without some justification. The question is, just how much is justified?
“In the next 60 to 90 days, you’re going to see security in the United States like you’ve never seen before,” said retired U.S. Navy admiral Isaac Richardson in late June. “A portion of the nation’s reappraisal took a very hard look at general aviation…and the threat posed by general aviation aircraft as weapons.”
Barely into the new year, aircraft owners and operators are opening letters from their insurance companies offering additional coverage for acts of terrorism.
Corporate aviation operators at all levels received good and bad news from insurance representatives at the 26th annual Aviation Insurance Association conference held in Kansas City, Mo., on April 29 and 30.
The following is typical wording found in most aviation aircraft insurance policies addressing exposures covered under war risks. While wording may differ from one insurer to another, all carry similar overall content and intent. It is always advisable to have a qualified aviation attorney examine the policy to determine whether the coverage meets the requirements of your aircraft.
Apparently most business aircraft operators had the wherewithal and the good sense to clear out of the way in the face of the Southeastern hurricane hat trick in August
Before September 11, insurance occupied no more than an afterthought in the minds of most in the aviation industry. For years, premiums had remained relatively stable, even reasonable, and standards of coverage conformed to the level of threat, perceived as minimal. In the years ahead, the aviation industry will look back at those as “the good old days.”
This year’s Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) conference, held from April 28 to May 1 in Palm Springs, Calif., convened in the atmosphere of an aircraft insurance market that is putting smiles on the faces of aircraft operators while underwriters and brokers tussle in a highly competitive business environment.
European Union (EU) Regulation 785/2004, which went into effect April 30 and requires minimum aircraft insurance levels for war risk and third-party liability, has resulted in "severe financial impacts" for operators far greater than expected, according to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).