Trends in Aviation Insurance Marketplace for 2018

The Anatomy of Aviation Insurance Trends in the Aviation Insurance Marketplace for 2018 and Beyond   By Jim Gardner President The James A Gardner Company, Inc. July 2018   It appears that with an improving economy there has been an increase in flying activity.   Unfortunately, that also appears to have translated into an increase in claims.  With the cost of repairs going up without an increase in premium, the underwriters have continued to experience an unsustainable profit margin on their underwriting operation. Beginning in the Spring of 2017, without a single catastrophic event to shock the marketplace and without a Full Article

The Anatomy of Aviation Insurance An Aviation Insurance Marketplace Update for 2018 and Beyond

The Anatomy of Aviation Insurance Trends in the Aviation Insurance Marketplace for 2018 and Beyond   By Jim Gardner President The James A Gardner Company, Inc. July 2018  It appears that with an improving economy there has been an increase in flying activity.   Unfortunately that also appears to have translated into an increase in claims.  With the cost of repairs going up without an increase in premium, the underwriters have continued to experience an unsustainable profit margin on their underwriting operation. Beginning in the Spring of 2017, without a single catastrophic event to shock the marketplace and without a larger Full Article

Aviation Insurance Outlook for 2011 – Are Rates on the Rise?

Overall the aviation insurance market is flat.  While there isn’t a single underwriter who does not want to raise premiums, over capacity and the sluggish economy is keeping rates in check.  In addition, the poor performance of other Property and Casualty segments of the industry appears to be dampening any tendency by the reinsurance market to move money to other market segments. Still, as reinsurance agreements are negotiated, those underwriting companies who are operating in the red could see a rise in the rates they pay which will likely impact consumer rates. Last year saw what may be the beginning Full Article

A Workers Comp Controversy for FBO’s

A common practice for many FBO2019s has been to classify their customer service representatives who work behind the counter in the FBO lobby as clerical employees, if for no other reason than this was a logical choice given the work environment of the employee. Some of these FBO2019s have been doing this for years without any comment or exception from their workers compensation insurance company. However, an onsite audit from the NCCI could reveal some surprises. (The National Council on Compensation Insurance 2013NCCI-publishes the NCCI Scopes Manual which most states accept as the standard for employee classification). Aviation operators have Full Article

Choose Your Aviation Insurance Broker Wisely

Choosing the right broker can be the most important thing you do to assure the best coverage at the best price. A previous article briefly described three methods of choosing a broker; a) the shotgun approach, b) providing a test by assigning markets to several brokers, and c) hiring a single broker through an interview process. The shotgun approach of calling as many brokers as you can find and seeing who comes back with the best quote provides a consistent scattershot result. Sometimes you get lucky. Usually both broker and buyer end up frustrated and unsure what the best result Full Article

Getting the Best Results in Any Insurance Market

We are in the midst of a soft market that began in 2006. Since then, aviation insurance rates have declined to their lowest point in… It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for Full Article

Good Risk, Bad Risk? – The Underwriter’s Dilemma

While the aviation community is relatively small compared to other industries, I have found on various aviation trade organization forums a rich source of talented and knowledgeable aviation professionals who willing share what they have learned. They are just as interested in learning from those whose experiences are different from theirs. These forums are dedicated to providing a free flowing information exchange to help improve safety, experience, and knowledge concerning the full spectrum of aviation operations. Recently I ran across an interesting thread on one of these forums. Even though this was a fixed wing forum, the conversation applies equally Full Article

Hold Harmless Agreements

The current soft market has provided a windfall for most aircraft and helicopter owners and operators, as well as FBO’s and maintenance providers. However, the economy… It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search Full Article

Preparing for Renewal in a Changing Market

There are several indications the current soft market that began in 2006 may have bottomed out, signaling a potential return to the hard markets seen in 2001 -2005. A “Hard Market” is generally characterized by fewer markets bidding on a particular risk resulting in fewer options, increased rates and premiums, decreased limits of liability, fewer ancillary coverages, in addition to more stringent underwriting requirements on training with less flexibility for the operational managers. For most industry experts, the question isn’t “if”, but “when” and “how” the aviation insurance industry will return to a hard market. The other questions are, “how Full Article

Subrogation and the Non-Owner Pilot

Subrogation is the right that every insurance company reserves in all insurance policies to recover losses from a third party deemed to have contributed to the loss.  In many cases that third party could be the non-owner pilot whether the pilot is named, renting or borrowing the aircraft. Aircraft insurance is carried by the party that normally has care, custody, and control of the aircraft, is responsible for maintaining the airworthiness of the aircraft, and has dispatch authority whether that be an owner or a lessor.   A non-owner pilot is the pilot named on the insurance policy other than the Full Article