Lifelong interest in airplanes leads to ownershipLifelong interest in airplanes leads to ownership

Pilot buys AOPA Insurance, hopes he 'never has the need' to use itPilot buys AOPA Insurance, hopes he 'never has the need' to use it

Adolfo Ortiz bought a 1959 Piper Comanche and selected AOPA Insurance to insure it.Adolfo Ortiz grew up building model airplanes and sharing flying stories with his father and uncle, but he didn’t get an opportunity to fly until he was in his 30s. 

“To me, flying isn’t about the destination, although there are many awesome places—it’s just about flying, even the short flights are great,” he said. “I love being up there.”

Ortiz recently bought his first aircraft, a 1959 Piper Comanche. “The first thing to get my attention was the price,” he said. “It was about the same as a mid-size car.” 

The second thing? The airplane’s condition. “The previous owner really took care of it. He had recently replaced the interior lining and took care of the exterior. He had also put in a new engine—total time at purchase was just 180 hours.”   

When it came time to insure the Comanche, Ortiz selected AOPA Insurance. “I knew I would be treated well. The purchasing process was extremely easy and straightforward,” said Ortiz, an AOPA member since 1999. “I hope I never have the need to use the insurance, but if the time comes that I do, I will get the best service from the AOPA insurance team.”  

Whether this is your first airplane like Adolfo Ortiz or simply the next addition to your fleet, AOPA Insurance has the right policy for you. For more information or to request a free quote on aircraft insurance, talk to AOPA Insurance Services. For more information or to apply for a policy, visit  Don’t forget: You may qualify for a 5-percent discount just for being an AOPA member. 

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