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Spring Thaw ... Flying Season Begins!

By Bob Mackey, representative for the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, Administered by Falcon Insurance Agency

May 6, 2010 — This time of the year around Oshkosh and other Northern areas, the ice is long gone, daylight hours are rapidly getting longer, and spring showers have washed away all the salt and other debris leftover from winter. The airports are waking up as more and more general aviation airplanes get back into the air. Are you ready? Is your airplane ready? What about your insurance protection?

Even though your airplane is in annual, that doesn’t mean it’s ready to go flying…and a normal pre-flight inspection isn’t enough to ensure your airplane is safe. A lot of things (and creatures) can happen to your airplane over the winter. Mice, birds, spiders, etc. can find home in unwanted places not easily seen.

Is your battery charged up or is there new corrosion that has formed on the battery box and connections? What about your airplane’s shoes (tires)? Check the tires, brake lines, and all the stuff that could make your first take-off or landing in the new flying season an unpleasant surprise. Get your airplane ready, clean it, inspect it, and make sure everything is ready to go flying.

Next on the checklist…you! Are you ready to go flying? You’ve got your medical in your pocket, but are you in good health? If you’re in doubt see your AME. What about your flying skills? If it’s been several months since you’ve flown why not schedule a couple hours of dual instruction to brush up and have another skilled pilot (instructor) run through a flying skills test. Two hours with an instructor could be the best investment you’ll make for safe flying the rest of the season. As my dad used to say: “Make small investments…for BIG returns.”

Finally, is your airplane insurance ready? The value of airplanes has fluctuated quite a bit in this economy. Is your airplane over or under insured? If so, call your agent and make an adjustment. Did you drop any insurance coverages that need to be added back on? If your airplane is sport pilot qualified and you decide to let your medical lapse and fly under the privileges of the sport pilot rules, will this impact your airplane insurance? If you have questions or need to make changes to your airplane insurance call your airplane insurance agent to make sure you and your airplane are properly protected.

The flying season is fun and exciting. If you ready your airplane, yourself, and your airplane insurance, odds are you’ll have a great flying season.

Happy and safe flying!!!

If you would like to know more about the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, or find the right insurance for the type of flying you do, call 866-647-4EAA (4322), or visit www.eaainsurance.org and complete the online quote request form. When you insure your airplane through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan you’re helping support EAA Member Safety and Youth Education programs.

If you would like to share any stories, ideas, comments, or suggestion with Bob Mackey please e-mail bmackey@falconinsurance.com


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