AOPA Insurance Agency to help fund safety quizzes

December 28, 2009

AOPA Insurance Agency President Janet Bressler presents a check to AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg to help fund avation safety quizzes. AOPA Insurance Agency President Janet Bressler presents a check to AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg to help fund avation safety quizzes.

The AOPA Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of AOPA, is taking an innovative direction to help hold the line on aircraft insurance costs. The agency on Dec. 21 presented a check to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation to help develop and distribute the foundation’s safety quizzes, available online free of charge to all pilots.

“The safety quizzes are an easy, but important, tool for pilots to increase their safety knowledge and make better aeronautical decisions,” said Janet Bressler, president of the AOPA Insurance Agency. “From the financial standpoint of our customers, anything we can do to make the overall pilot population safer is going to help contain the cost of insurance by reducing claims. We are proud to support the important work of ASF.”

The agency’s donation includes a $100,000 direct sponsorship of the foundation’s quizzes, and a $200,000 permanently restricted donation, which is to be invested and the proceeds used as an additional way to fund the quizzes.

“We are charged with improving general aviation safety by educating pilots,” said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. “ASF safety quizzes are a great way to remind rusty pilots of the safety lessons they’ve already learned, and help keep current pilots current. Contributions from generous corporate and individual donors—like this one from the AOPA Insurance Agency—allow the Air Safety Foundation to make these educational opportunities available to all pilots.”

The foundation’s safety quizzes use graphics and interactivity to test and expand pilots’ knowledge. The standard multiple-choice and true/false questions are augmented by drag-and-drop matching exercises, fill-in-the-blank brainteasers, and "hotspot" questions. A new quiz is featured bi-weekly.