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AOPA Insurance Services Offers Guidance To AirVenture Pilots and Aircraft OwnersAOPA Insurance Services Offers Guidance To AirVenture Pilots and Aircraft Owners

July 31, 2013

          Contact: Steve Hedges
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                                    AOPA Insurance Services Offers Guidance To AirVenture Pilots and Aircraft Owners

Oshkosh, Wis. – AOPA Insurance representatives have played instrumental roles in AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

On Aug. 3, AOPA Insurance expert Cher Clare will offer, “A Crash Course in Protecting Your Plane.” Clare notes that “sometimes the only thing harder than choosing the right aircraft insurance is understanding that insurance.

“Between exclusions, deductible, limits and underwriters there’s a jungle of jargon,” Clare said. “We want to sort through all that for aircraft owners and operators with a forum that make things easy to understand. We want people to know the coverage they have and what they should have.”

The insurance forum will take place at Saturday from 11:30 AM-12:45 pm at AirVenture Forum Pavilion 10 Poly-Fiber.

On Tuesday, AOPA insurance expert James Oliphant spoke to the Mooney Caravan Panel about risk management and other common issues that pilots face, including operations at AirVenture. Oliphant joined a panel of pilots who each flew into Oshkosh for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual expo.

AOPA Insurance representatives can also answer questions throughout AirVenture at the AOPA tent, next to the Rockwell Collins hangar on James Ray Blvd.

Last month AOPA Insurance Services named insurance veteran Bill Snead as its new president.   Snead is a pilot who has 36 years of aviation insurance experience as a broker, agent and underwriter, with significant experience with commercial aviation clients and with experimental, light sport, antique and warbird aircraft.

Snead holds a commercial pilot certificate and served in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Snead assumes his post as AOPA Insurance Services is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. From its headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, AOPA Insurance has grown from a six-employee company with a single policy on a Cessna 172 to become the nation’s largest light aircraft insurer, offering a variety of innovative programs for pilots, including special insurance coverage for flying clubs and an accident forgiveness program.

In addition to providing financial support for AOPA’s mission, AOPA Insurance Services has donated $1.8 million to the AOPA Foundation since 2009 to help safeguard the future of general aviation.

About AOPA

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, M.D., 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 


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