Friday, March 27, 2009

Glasair Brings Back 1970’s Pricing!

I have been a fan of the Glasair aircraft for years. The Sportsman is a great aircraft. For less money than a new Cessna 182 you can get more performance, useful load and speed than a Cessna 182. If you are flying two people and baggage, the Sportsman could be the best plane for you. And now, reduced pricing and its ready to taxi in two weeks? Wow!

Arlington, WA, March 26, 2009—Glasair Aviation is offering six (6) ‘Two Weeks To Taxi’ Sportsman 2+2 aircraft at more than 25% off the normal price on a first come, first served basis.

For just $118,999 customers can spend 2 weeks to build a Sportsman with a 180hp Lycoming 0-360, a Sensenich fixed-pitch propeller and complete VFR instrument panel. Upgrade to the fuel-injected I0-360 and a Hartzell constant speed prop and spend only $124,999.

“In this economic climate customers sometimes forgo buying unless there is a compelling reason to do so. We’ve just provided a substantially compelling reason to buy a Sportsman – a 25% discount on a brand new, high utility/high performance airplane.” says Mikael Via, Glasair’s chief executive officer. “For this brief moment and for a limited number of customers, Glasair is bringing back 1970’s pricing!”

Glasair has recently expanded their Two Weeks to Taxi services to offer the pilot/builder community a number of time saving services for discounted pricing. For example, Glasair offers a 3 day Firewall Forward installation program where Glasair, Glastar and Sportsman customers bring in their fuselage, engine, mount, prop and spinner and utilize the Two Weeks To Taxi processes and fixtures to install all firewall forward components and accessories in just 3 days!

Another program offers customers the Two Weeks To Taxi facilities to builders who want to complete their wings in only 3 days!

Both programs are priced more than 30% off Glasair’s normal builder-assist pricing.

For Glastar and Sportsman owners who already have their aircraft flying, more savings are available in a 2 day program that allows builders to upgrade their instrument panels. Similar deals are available for interior installations and upgrades.

Customers who come to Glasair’s Arlington, Washington Customer Assistance Center can take advantage of other limited-time offers with deep discounts on aircraft paint or annual inspections by trained factory personnel.

For more information on all the Glasair programs, visit the website, www.GlasairAviation.com or call 1-360-435-8533 x 232.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why Boats Sink in the Springtime - reprint from Boat US

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Press Contact: Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

Why Boats Sink in the Springtime

The Common Causes

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 24, 2009 -- Launching a boat in the spring for a new boating season is normally a happy occasion, but some owners get a rude surprise instead -- a sinking. "While not widespread, sinkings during re-launch at the dock are easily avoidable," said Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy , the magazine from BoatU.S.that helps boaters avoid damage and improve safety aboard their boats. Here are Bob's tips to avoid a springtime sinking:

• Hose clamps: Winterizing an engine in the fall often requires the removal of coolant hoses. Come springtime, boaters are in a rush and the hoses aren't reattached and clamped properly. Adding to this, cramped engine boxes mean that the hoses and the clamps holding them sometimes can't be visually inspected easily. In the spring you'll need to ensure all of the hose clamps are securely tightened in place.

• Hoses: During the winter as the water inside them freezes, some hoses can lift off their attached seacock (valve). However, with spring's warmer temperatures the water now returns to a liquid, and if the seacock was left open last fall, water can pour into the bilge. Double clamping with marine-rated stainless hose clamps, inspecting hose attachment locations, or keeping seacocks closed can all save you from a spring sinking.

• Spring rains: Combine heavy rains with leaking ports, deck hatches, fittings, chain plates and even scuppers clogged by leaves from last fall and you have a recipe for a sinking. Just 100 gallons of water weighs over 800 pounds so a boat with a low freeboard only needs to sink a few inches before cockpit scuppers (drains intended to remove water) submerge and water starts to enter the boat. Larger boats with cracked or improperly caulked fittings that are located just above the waterline can also inadvertently let water in when they become submerged. Ensure that rain rolls off the boat and not into it.

• Sea strainer: For inboard/outboard and inboard powered boats, always inspect the strainer for cracks or other damage. If it wasn't properly winterized, the intake sea strainer could have frozen over the winter, cracking or bending the inspection bowl. And if the seacock was left open the boat will sink as soon as ice in the strainer thaws or the boat is put in the water. Boats have also sunk when the seacock was closed over winter and then opened in the springtime, but the owner failed to notice water trickling into the bilge from a freeze damaged bowl.

• Stuffing Box: On powerboats or sailboats with inboard power, if the stuffing box's packing material that seals the prop shaft is not tight, a steady drip could eventually swamp a boat if it's ignored. Remember, the stuffing box should only leak when the prop shaft is turning. Stuffing boxes need to be inspected routinely, regardless of the season.

To learn about more causes of sinkings, or to get your own copy of the quarterly Seaworthy go to BoatUS.com/seaworthy/sinking .

About BoatU.S.
BoatU.S. - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 600,000 members with government representation, programs and money saving services. For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tracking flights

If you have never used Flightaware....wow....fun stuff.

http://flightaware.com/

Expanding our specialty lines.

We are working on expanding the special lines side of our insurance business. Not that aviation is not a special lines of insurance, but I am personally involved in more than just that. I have always been involved with cars, boats, planes and motorcycles....why stop at aviation.

We are able to quote and insure:
Custom and stock motorcycles
Custom and modified cars and trucks
Recreational vehicles
All types of boats (power, fishing, sailing)
Personal watercraft


Call or send me a note to see if we can save you money on your insurance. We use a couple of top rated companies that specialize in just the special lines insurance market.

Good time to buy?

It is definitely a buyers market. Yes, the market is slow, but if you have cash or credit, you have some tremendous buying opportunities.

I think that many of the aircraft advertised are over priced. I would assume that many of the sellers purchased their aircraft over the past few years when we were having tremendous growth in the market (aviation and stock) and now that both markets have stopped growing, the sellers are reluctant to lower their prices for a sale and risk losing money.

The Vref base value takes into account the average number of hours that the aircraft should have on the airframe and engine at the time of sale. The base price also includes a standard radio package for the model and an average condition. That is probably representative of over 75 percent of the aircraft on the market. So the base price is probably representative of over 75 percent of the aircraft for sale. Sure, you can add for low engine time and low airframe, but it all seems to balance back towards the base price. A plane with a low total time, say 1,500 hours, will get an increase in value for the hours. But if the engine has 1,500 hours on it also (and a 2,000 TBO) the book will reduce the value for the engine hours over the halfway point of 1,000 hours. Typically, the value of the engine per hour is higher than the airframe per hours.

Of course, if you have an aircraft that is loaded with all kinds of fancy modifications or avionics, the price will probably not be close to the base book values. But on the average, basic book values are pretty close.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pressurized twins, no instrument, liability only and more.

I had a great question from a customer and thought it would be good to share the response. The customer is interested in buying a pressurized twin engine aircraft but is not instrument rated.

Just buying liability alone does not change the requirements for the instrument rating. The insurance underwriters are at risk of a claim anytime you strap into the pilot seat. The reasoning that a liability policy has less risk is not accurate. There is as much or more risk for the insurance company than the cost of the aircraft. At least if you crash the aircraft they have a set dollar amount they would pay out to your estate. If you insure the plane for $100,000 that’s the maximum they will pay (minus any deductibles).

But with liability, if there is a liability issue such as a non-instrument pilot getting caught in bad weather or at night and crashing, that pilot then becomes labile for any property damage or bodily injury that results. That could end up in court and the settlement could be more than the policy limits. That affects the pilots estate and the insurance company and it doesn’t matter what the pilot promised or planned on doing, the risk for the insurance company is still there.

Also, the concept behind a pressurized aircraft is to provide more comfort at higher altitudes. Even if you do not plan on flying at night or in clouds the risk of a pressurized aircraft and going cross country could put you in a situation where you may need the instrument. Most accidents are still pilot error and often VFR flight into IMC....

Now, all that said, I am a perfect example of what not to do. I have been a pilot since high school, married into an aircraft family and I am single and multi rated....but not instrument. Been in it, don’t like it, wouldn’t stay proficient enough. Not being instrument rated helped to push me out of aircraft brokerage and sales. Most of my brokerage aircraft were Skymasters. I couldn't get named on some of the policies because of the IFR issue. So I know where you are coming from.

We have and still do get insurance for non instrument pilots in twins and pressurized aircraft. Sometimes it is based on your location and the typical weather and traffic situations, Dense air traffic areas often require an instrument. Places as the LA area or say NY. While in my case here in Central Iowa it might not be as important. Or say Florida, while having lots of air traffic also has lots of sunshine.

And the weird thing is that even if you have the instrument, it doesn’t mean you will use it. The only way the insurance companies try to manage that is they require factory approved training and Instrument proficiency checks in the make and model.

Sun ‘n Fun Today back for 2009

Repreinted from General Aviation News and The Pulse of Aviation.

Mar 16, 2009 07:57 pm | Ben Sclair

Sun ‘n Fun Today, the popular up-to-the-minute daily newspaper for Sun ‘n Fun, will again be produced by General Aviation News.

Distributed free throughout the fly-in grounds, a digital version of the newspaper will also be published on www.generalaviationnews.com enabling aviation enthusiasts worldwide to keep up with all the events.

For those unable to attend the fly-in, Sun ‘n Fun and General Aviation News will send daily more than 15,000 emails, promoting the digital version.

General Aviation News Publisher Ben Sclair reports all advertisers will have their websites linked directly from their ads in the digital edition of Sun ‘n Fun Today.

All six issues will remain online long after the show ends and will be accessible from the General Aviation News website.

Sun ‘n Fun Today will be packed with daily happenings, ads from exhibitors and all the latest news. Want to be sure your product news gets into a daily? Sun ‘n Fun Today will accept press releases starting now for exclusive publication in pre-determined issues.

Send advance press releases with an embargo date to: Janice Wood, Editor (888-333-5937).

To place ads in Sun ‘n Fun contact: Larry or Mickey Price at 888-735-9379.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sun 'n Fun!

What a great kick off to the aviation year. Fun, laid back, comfortable fly-in and usually decent weather. Sure makes for a great April trip away from the cold Midwest. If you have never attended, it is a must go fly-in.

I'll be giving seminars. Stop by, I will be "performing" there all week

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wyoming Street-Rod and Custom-Vehicle Bill Signed Into Law

"SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the Wyoming Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dave Freudenthal. The new law defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

The law allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

For more information, click here. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org."

Questions about AIG Aviation Insurance?

There are a lot of questions about AIG Aviation Insurance. Undoubtably you have heard all kinds of things about the parent company, AIG.

I cant tell anyone what to do or how to interpret the situation.

But I can offer this link to a statement from AIG Aviation Insurance. Take a look and if you have any questions, contact me.

To read more about AIG Aviation Insurance, go here.