June 1, 2004
What is more valuable than firsthand experience? If you are planning your first international flight to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada, or over Cuba, learn the inside scoop from your fellow AOPA members. "Trip Reports" submitted by other pilots can help your flight go more smoothly. For example, if you are planning a trip to Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas, this tip from another AOPA member might help: "When departing Bahamas you have to use the 305 area code for Miami FSS as the 800 numbers do not work." Flying into Canada? "The most distressing aspect of the trip is that tiedown facilities in Newfoundland and Halifax are mostly nonexistent," reports an AOPA member. There are fun tips too. Flying to Grand Turk in the Caribbean? "The museum is fascinating and the Turks Head Inn has a great lunch," says another pilot.
To view member "Trip Reports" on international travel or to offer your experiences, visit the Web site ( www.aopa.org/members/pic/intl/) and click on Trip Reports for your destination.
For more than 50 years, AOPA has been photographing general aviation's finest aircraft in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. AOPA and AOPA Pilot magazine are proud to offer a sample of this collection available on AOPA Online. Search or browse through hundreds of the finest photographs that have been included in AOPA's member-only publication, AOPA Pilot. Prints are available for purchase or to download images free to be used as your computer's desktop image. Take advantage of our Father's Day special — 50 percent off 8x10 prints.
To view AOPA's Online Gallery, visit the Web site ( www.aopa.org/online_gallery/).
"You're not covered!" These are words no pilot wants to hear after having an accident in a rented or borrowed aircraft, but many pilots could hear those words because they didn't have aircraft renters insurance. An FBO's insurance policy almost never covers the pilot and, after an incident or accident, the FBO is likely to want to reclaim its deductible from the pilot.
With new lower rates, a renters insurance policy from the AOPA Insurance Agency is now more affordable and allows pilots to fly with confidence.
"For as little as $95 per year, you can get protection for bodily injury and property damage liability," said Greg Sterling, executive vice president and general manager of the AOPA Insurance Agency. "And for only $125 more, you can add $5,000 in coverage for aircraft damage liability, which will often meet an FBO's deductible.
"But when looking for renters insurance, don't be fooled," Sterling cautioned. "Other renters policies can limit your coverage for ground injuries with 'per person' limits and can limit family member coverage even further, drastically reducing your protection."
Renters insurance from the AOPA Insurance Agency has coverage options to fit virtually every pilot's needs and budget, plus broad liability coverage with no family sub-limits. For more information or to purchase a policy, visit the AOPA Insurance Agency Web Site ( www.aopaia.com/rentersinsurance/) or call toll free 800/622-AOPA (622-2672).
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