as it is abbreviated, is licensed to operate in all 50 states and can
handle the needs of all types of Cardinal Flyers, from student pilots
in stock '68's to the high-flying turbo group.
This relationship brings many benefits to the CFO membership. Primary among
them is the active involvement of
Ruck an insurance professional with
many years of experience. Joe is a CFI and commercial pilot, based in Thousand
Oaks, CA from which he handles the western states for AIR-PROS. Joe is a former
aircraft accident investigator and is also an expert on group programs
such as ours. As you may notice from his picture, he also pilots a Harley.
To contact Joe dial Phone: 805-341-5800 or Click here to send him an email.
working to our benefit is Jon Harden, an active CFII and pilot who owns
the agency. Jon Harden has a long history of serving pilots in a senior
role at a major national agency. He is an active Commercial pilot and
aircraft owner, previously owned a 1973 Cardinal RG and has been flying
for more than 28 years.
Resources is based in Frederick, MD, and their number one priority is
customer satisfaction. They specialize only in aviation insurance, are
licensed in all 50 states and work with all the aviation markets in
the US. (not all brokers have
access to all the companies like AIR-PROS).
Joe and Jon bring together
the knowledge required to find the best value for all of us, and they do
some members have had difficulty having specific needs met, such as smooth
coverage, appropriate hull values for high-value aircraft, coverage for
stock '68 models and coverage of special instructional flights.
CFO program has been able to obtain all of these 'extras' for CFO members.
This brings extra leverage when negotiating for other Cardinal owners,
and means you won't have to explain to or convince your agent of the need
for such coverages or services.
We expect to hear from Joe and
Jon from time to time with information and perspective to help us all navigate
the travails of our insurance needs. I suspect most of us desire to learn
as little as possible while still meeting our obligations. Joe can help
us do this with minimum effort.
Keith, Debbie and Paul have placed
our insurance with AIR-PROS. We have found the service to be excellent,
the prices as good as possible and the support, both before and after the
policy, to be outstanding. We have been walking this talk, and it has worked
well for us.
Fortunately, we have not had need to test claim responsiveness,
although this is primarily a function of the underwriter. We are confident
that if required, we will have an excellent advocate in Joe, Jon and the
folks at AIR-PROS.
You may be wondering if this means group rates
and big discounts. We have worked hard for some time to make this possible,
but as of this writing it still eludes us. We are simply not a large enough
group to generate the economies of scale that drive most group rates, a
fact we are slowly coming to accept as we hear it time and again.
we continue to work this angle, based on several assertions:
We have made several proposals, including offering special programs developed in
conjunction with the underwriters, type-specific training curriculums and so on.
These assertions and proposals have been heard and considered by the right
people with the right underwriters, and at times we felt close to sealing a
deal. But the times and the timing has not yet been right for our
efforts to be rewarded. We do not intend to stop trying.
- First, CFO members are more aware of maintenance and operational
considerations, making us safer flyers and a better risk.
- Secondly, that the direct services of CFO, such as hands-on technical
seminars and access to special training programs, make our members better
supported and again a better risk than the average pilot.
- Third, that there are more of us than one might think, and we are more
of a tribe than owners of mere Cessnas. The popular aviation press sees
us as an unusually cohesive and inter-supportive bunch of people, and we
think this helps make us a uniquely insurable group.
By joining the ranks
of those insured through CFO, you will be supporting the effort and growing
the numbers that CFO can bring to our discussions.
In time, together, we hope to prevail. Hopefully our record will start to
show, and perhaps we can prove our assertions with experience.
In the meantime, although Joe may not get you a lower rate than you currently
have, he will get you the lowest rate available. And he won't shrink from your
150 horse '68, low Cardinal time, training rider or smooth coverage request.
Quotations can be requested from the CFO site, just
click here and fill out the form. Please keep in mind that most underwriters
will only quote through one agent, so ask here first, and ask early enough to get
things properly set up.
When the time comes to renew your insurance, we invite you to take a test
flight with AIR-PROS, as well as Joe, Jon and CFO. We think you
will be glad you did.
Keith, Paul and Debbie.
Aviation Insurance Resources P.O. Box 2067,
Thousand Oaks, CA.
Click here to email Joe
The above number is preferred, but alternatively the home office at Fredrick
MD is 1-877-247-7769
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