Long Wait Nearly Over
USUA tells us that after
(conducting) negotiations with First Flight Insurance Group, 3rd
party liability insurance will soon be available for USUA members.
Even though the preparations are still in the final stages, USUA
has confirmed that USUA registered ultralight pilots will soon be
able to purchase insurance for their USUA registered vehicles.
Coverage will be extended to single and two seat fixed wing, weight
shift (trike) and powered parachute vehicles. This new USUA program
is being administered by First Flight Insurance Group- a leading
provider of sport aviation insurance- and underwritten by Lloyds of
London - the most highly respected and revered underwriter of
It is important to note that this policy will offer 3rd party
liability insurance coverage for non-commercial operations only.
First Flight presently offers a more comprehensive coverage package
to commercial operations (instructors and flight schools), and have
done so done for several years. They offer a variety of plans
ranging from commercial 3rd Party Liability to full coverage,
designed to fit each instructor's needs.
If you are a BFI, USUA encourages you to look into these
commercial programs. This new program is designed to allow
non-commercial ultralight pilots the benefits insurance coverage
can offer. It has been offered to USUA pilots as a result of the
industry recognized high standards, safety record and integrity of
the USUA ultralight pilot training program.
received reports from all over the country from members who had
been denied access to or had been forced off airports because of
the unavailability of simple 3rd party liability insurance. In
response to this dilemma, USUA staff embarked on a mission to
obtain a source of insurance for our members. It has finally
paid off. This program will fill the void and it will provide USUA
members with the peace of mind that comes from having insurance
coverage. USUA is proud to have secured this much-needed commodity
for our members. As you might remember, insurance of this type was
available in the past. But due to the lack of interest and
participation within the ultralight community, these programs were
discontinued. To ensure that this excellent opportunity remains
available for years to come, I encourage ALL ultralight pilots to
take advantage of this offer," reports USUA Executive Vice
President Dale Hooper (pictured right).
Once the program is in place, (sometime after January 2004) the
application process will begin with USUA members contacting First
Flight Insurance Group directly. First Flight will then verify
membership and registration status with USUA. Once the verification
process is complete, the insurance company will determine the final
issuance of insurance.
Over the past seven years First Flight Insurance Group has
insured operations such as; parasailing, hang gliding, paragliding,
ultralight instruction, underwater instructors, kite boarding,
water ski instruction and many other such activities. They
also provide a liability market for recreational rental businesses,
like jet ski, kayak, canoe, sail and pontoon boat rentals.
First Flight presently insures the United States Ultralight
Association, the United States Hang Gliding Association, the
National Association of Underwater Instructors, and provides
coverage for members of the Professional Air Sports