October 21, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
Oct. 21, 2013
Contact: Steve Hedges
Frederick, MD – AOPA Insurance Services, the nation’s largest insurer of general aviation aircraft, has launched a new line of coverage for aviation businesses, offering its traditionally competitive rates and high-quality service to fixed-base operators (FBOs), charter and agricultural aviation businesses, flight schools, repair stations and a variety of other aviation enterprises.
Based in Wichita, Kansas, AOPA Insurance Services (AOPAIS) already offers a wide range of aviation insurance for everything from two-seat Piper Cubs to today’s latest business jets. The new commercial line will complement the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) mission of protecting the freedom to fly by offering insurance coverage to businesses that work at the heart of general aviation.
“We’re really excited about this new line of coverage because we know we can offer very competitive rates to FBOs, flight schools and repair stations,” said Bill Snead, president of AOPAIS. “We understand that the margins are thin in these businesses and that cost control and comprehensive coverage can be critical to their success. We want to make sure that they have both.”
AOPAIS celebrated its twentieth anniversary in September. It began as a business in 1993 with a single policy for a single-engine Cessna 172, and has since expanded to become the nation’s largest general aviation insurance brokerage.
In addition to the new commercial line of coverage, AOPA Insurance Services has expanded to offer a variety of innovative programs for pilots, including special insurance coverage for flying clubs and an accident forgiveness program. AOPAIS also now manages AOPA’s term life and dismemberment and disability policies.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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