In a world of uncertainty, life insurance remains a priority for many business aviation pilots. Unfortunately, it also remains a much misunderstood subject.
Types of insurance
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.”
EPG Insurance introduced a out-of-warranty maintenance plan that the company said covers almost all unscheduled repairs on small business jets and turboprops. The coverage plan, called Av-Guard, is restricted to aircraft that sell for $3 million or less. It is effective for 12 months or 500 hours of operation, whichever occurs first.
Property and casualty insurance company Travelers is venturing into aviation with its Travelers Aviation division, announced last month.
As deliveries of very light jets (VLJs) begin, concerns that they might be difficult to insure have almost evaporated. Manufacturers have had the chance to brief underwriters in depth about their models’ designs, performance characteristics and systems.
Operators flying within, to, from or over the 25-nation European Union (EU) need to check their insurance policies to ensure that they meet the new minimum liability requirements that will take effect on April 30. Failure to do so could result in the prohibition of flights, the withdrawal of operating licenses and, potentially, criminal prosecution.
Business aircraft and large charter operators may start seeing reduced insurance premium rates within the next few months, if they haven’t already. According to various brokers, insurance premiums for certain segments of the business aircraft and charter market have fallen by 25 percent or more in the past six to 12 months.
A little over one year has passed since the European Union introduced higher minimum liability insurance requirements for aircraft registered within the EU, and those of foreign registry flying into or over its 25 member states.
New European Union minimum liability insurance standards that took effect April 30 are causing some U.S.-based operators to rethink their trips to Europe.
The time has come, your boss tells you, to buy another aircraft. So you jump to the task, do your research and find just the aircraft the boss needs. But before she signs her name on the purchase contract, she calls you and asks, “Do you think we need title insurance?”