Time in Make and Model for Insurance Purposes

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by darrell, Nov 15, 2017.

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  1. Ravioli

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    Doubtful. It's an equity club. How can an owner compensate himself?

    If it were not an equity club you would probably be correct.
     
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    Not quite the same. I can get insured on most any plane I’m willing to instruct in for no increase in policy rates. If I bought a separate policy to cover me then my hourly rate would go up by a factor of 5 just to cover the policy. Obviously my situation is not the same for every instructor but I’m definitely not unique.
     
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    Are you saying you can be added to most any owners policy at little or no cost to the owner, but if you have to insure yourself your rate would go up?
     
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    I can’t get a stand-alone policy for free but an owner that is already paying for a policy can add me for zero dollars.

    Edit : Most of the time. Depends on the airplane
     
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    I am interested in how you arrive at the 5x figure. For a "normal" CFI instructing in normal light, piston GA aircraft, CFI insurance is nowhere near that expensive. Or are you instructing in higher value airplanes (or are looking for higher than standard coverage amounts)?

    A quick look at Avemco's standard CFI rates for the lower 48 states shows that a combination of the highest limits they show on the table at https://avemco.com/cfinonowned/rates.aspx would be $1865/year (for $1M injury and property damage liability and $150,000 aircraft damage liability). If you, say, instructed 100 hours a year, that would be $18.65 an hour, which certainly can't be 5x your normal rate. Obviously lesser limits would be less expensive.

    If you are indeed, say, a specialist in new-owner TBM training, or provide King Air recurrent training or something like that, then of course your rates would be higher, but that hasn't been the focus of the questions in this thread.
     
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    Not very high value airplanes
    Not very many hours
    Buying me Lunch gets you a flight review
    I’m not prone to exaggerating.....most of the time.
     
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    My co-owner can’t pay for my gas. Equity club has nothing to do with the law regarding flight time compensation for non-Commercial certificate holders.
     
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    I said they can fly fuel only. The tach time on the engine is excused for maintenance flights.

    If there are any rulings on how co-owners divvy up the costs of moving an airplane and that they may be considered a commercial operation I'd love to hear about it.

    Where's R&W when I need him?
     
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    Don’t need R&W. If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck...

    If the cost is X normally and the cost is X minus something any other time, someone else paid for it.

    Whether anyone will even care, is a whole different thing.

    But if they ever did, it wouldn’t hold water in court before an ALJ. That’s all I’m saying.

    Done regularly? Probably. People speed too. Oh well.
     
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    I don't know that it's cut and dried...the things you're allowed to charge pro rata for are fuel and oil, not hourly costs for an airplane you own. Sounds like the pilot is paying for all the fuel.

    I have difficulty believingthat even the FAA would argue that an owner flying his airplane to maintenance would constitute compensation.
     
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    The pro rata rules don’t apply. It’s not a shared flight. Only the compensation rules apply. Don’t mix the two.
     
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    Either way, I have a hard time believing that even the FAA would consider an owner flying his airplane to maintenance as "compensation".
     
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    A student I trained in a 7AC champ bought a BC12D Taylorcraft, neither of us had any Taylorcraft time. The insurance initially wanted him to have 5 hours with an instructor with at least 5 hours of Taylorcraft time. We couldn't we find any instructors that had Taylorcraft time, so went back to the insurance company with my experience and they said that 5 hours with me would be fine. So I checked him out in the Taylorcraft.

    Then he offered me the use of the Taylorcraft if I wanted to fly it, we checked again with the insurance to see what it would take to get me put on the insurance. They wanted me to get a 1 hour checkout with another instructor, even though I just spent 5+ hours checking out the owner in the airplane. Of course this would be with another instructor that had never flown a T-craft.

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    No particularly good reason to tempt fate by allowing other owners to fly the airplane around at a discount, though. Well, actually the other owners can do it all they like, but I’d be paying the usual fare if it were me.

    Of course I also have ratings that make me a target to make an example out of, if I’m doing it wrong. All it takes is one person with a bee in their bonnet for whatever reason.

    Let’s see. Months of wondering what some bureaucracy is up to after a warning letter shows up in the mail, or just pay the tach time? I think I’d know what I would prefer.
     
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    "ratings that make [you] a target"? Sounds a little paranoid.
     
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    Not paranoid just realistic. FAA isn’t going to take “I didn’t know that” as an excuse from a CFI as well as they might take it from a Private rated pilot.
     
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    Just following up. I added my CFI pal to the insurance. Before adding us, the insurance had two named pilots and the annual premium was a $822. After adding me and the CFI, the annual premium has risen to $1933. I am fairly confident that most, if not all, of the rise in premium was for adding me and not because of adding the CFI, although I did not ask about this specifically.