July 30, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
Starr Aviation announced July 29 that insured pilots can earn accident forgiveness on their policies by taking pilot proficiency training at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., other major aviation events, and at quarterly dedicated safety events.
Starr has partnered with the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE), which conducts the safety training via its Pilot Proficiency Project. At AirVenture, pilots can fly one of 11 scenarios on a Redbird FMX full-motion simulator. The scenarios involve such safety issues as high density altitude and inadvertent VFR into IMC. The sim session is free.
If an insured pilot has an accident within six to 12 months following the training, Starr will waive the deductible up to $500. Certain exclusions apply.
SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart said the organization plans to continue offering safety training at major aviation events, and also plans to conduct safety seminars on a quarterly basis. The first is scheduled for Oct. 26 through 27 at Redbird Skyport in San Marcos Municipal Airport in San Marcos, Texas. Additionally, he said SAFE is working to give fixed-base operators tools to set up and execute their own safety programs that will enable pilots to get low-cost recurrency training on simulators. “It’s a wonderful way to maintain proficiency,” he said.
Pilots who are insured through Starr and cannot attend one of the events still can qualify for the accident forgiveness program by completing any phase of the FAA Wings program or by completing an Air Safety Institute online course. See the Starr website for more information.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
VFR into IMC,
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