February 25, 2010
By AOPA Member Products staff
Here’s the situation in the simplest possible terms: The FBO that rents you an aircraft is protecting its interests, not yours. You need your own renter’s insurance. Don’t think just about a catastrophic accident; these days, a minor fender bender can set you back thousands of dollars. You don’t want a surprise bill arriving in the mail from your FBO.
AOPA research shows that many pilots make a mistake when they assume they are covered when renting an airplane. You’re not. And it gets worse: The FBO’s insurance agency can go after the pilot to recover its own costs after a claim, so the bills can keep coming for months or years.
As an AOPA member, you can buy renter’s insurance from AOPA’s Insurance Agency and it’s as easy as buying car insurance. What’s more, as an AOPA member, you get a 5% discount off the regular premium and a 10% discount when you renew if you have maintained a clean flying record.
AOPA has made it easy for you to get a price quote. To learn more about renter’s insurance or get a free quote, visit the AOPA Insurance Agency online or call 800/622-AOPA (2672) Since this is AOPA-endorsed insurance, you have the added protection of knowing that the policy was created with the general aviation pilot in mind.
Insurance agents always speak of the peace of mind that comes with knowing your financial interests are protected. Don’t risk your savings or nest egg by renting an airplane without your own insurance coverage. It’s another way you demonstrate that you are truly the pilot-in-command.
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As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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