Hurricane preparedness Keeping you covered

With hurricane season under way, AOPA members who live and/or plan to travel in hurricane-prone areas should have a plan to relocate their aircraft in the event of a storm.

While developing your plan, check your insurance policy to see if it covers any costs for relocating your aircraft. Some policies cover the cost of hiring an evacuation pilot, and relocating and storing an aircraft. Other policies will reimburse policy holders for relocating their aircraft outside of a hurricane watch or warning area.

In the event that you are faced with relocation, AOPA Insurance Services offers the following tips to make the process go more smoothly.

  • Choose evacuation airports that are out of the hurricane watch or warning area and is comfortably within the range of your aircraft. Make sure the evacuation airport has temporary hangar or tiedown space available. Also, see if it has scheduled airline service or rental car availability to get you and/or your evacuation pilot back home.
  • If you plan to have an evacuation pilot fly your aircraft, check your policy. The policy will state the required minimum qualifications for your pilot. For many common single-engine aircraft, it is simply "private pilot or better." When looking for pilots in your area, check flight schools and aviation colleges, as well as local airports.