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Hurricane Season Tips for PilotsHurricane Season Tips for Pilots

AOPA Insurance helps you prepareAOPA Insurance helps you prepare

May 20, 2016

With hurricane season underway, AOPA members who live and/or plan to travel in hurricane-prone areas should have a plan on what they should do should there be a hurricane.  This should include a plan to relocate their aircraft in the event of a storm, if this can be safely done prior to the storm.

While developing your plan, check your insurance policy to see if it covers any costs for relocating your aircraft. Some policies cover the cost of hiring an evacuation pilot and relocating and storing an aircraft. Others will reimburse policyholders for relocating their aircraft outside of a hurricane watch or warning area.

In the event you are faced with relocation, AOPA Insurance offers the following tips to make the process go more smoothly:

  • Choose evacuation airports that are out of the hurricane watch or warning area; is comfortably within the range of your aircraft; have temporary hangar or tie down space available; and have scheduled airline service or rental car availability to get you and/or your evacuation pilot back home.
  • If you plan to have an evacuation pilot fly your aircraft, make sure you check your policy. The policy will state the required minimum qualifications for your pilot. For many common single-engine aircraft, it is simply "private pilot or better" and when looking for pilots in your area, check flight schools and aviation colleges, as well as local airports.

For more information contact AOPA Insurance Services at 800.622.AOPA (2672).

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