The National Weather Service is predicting an "above normal" hurricane season for the Atlantic this year, with three to five major hurricanes. Aircraft owners should prepare for the season, which begins June 1, now to make sure their aircraft are protected.
AOPA's Pilot Information Center has compiled a hurricane subject report to help pilots get ready. The most important thing aircraft owners should do now is find out whether their aircraft insurance policy includes hurricane protection coverage.
"Hurricane protection coverage can help offset some of the cost of relocating your aircraft," said Greg Sterling, executive vice president and general manager of the AOPA Insurance Agency. "Read your aircraft's insurance policy to make sure you follow all of the necessary requirements to receive reimbursement."
For example, members insured by AIG Aviation who have aircraft physical damage coverage and who relocate their aircraft to another airport that is at least 100 nautical miles away from a "hurricane watch or warning" area can be reimbursed for 50 percent of the reasonable costs, up to $500. (The pilot must meet policy requirements.)
The best measure to protect your aircraft is to relocate it outside the area expected to be hit by the hurricane. But if flying it out of harm's way is not an option, learn how to properly secure it. AOPA offers tips on how to tie down your aircraft in " What to do if you can't fly away."
May 26, 2005