October 21, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
AOPA Insurance Services has launched a new line of coverage for aviation businesses, offering its traditionally competitive rates and high-quality service to fixed-base operators, charter and agricultural aviation businesses, flight schools, repair stations, and a variety of other aviation enterprises.
Based in Wichita, Kan., AOPA Insurance Services 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 AOPA's 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 AOPA Insurance Services. “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.”
AOPA Insurance Services 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. AOPA Insurance Services also now manages AOPA’s term life and dismemberment and disability policies.
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