RE: [Acro] Low time pilot needs insurance for Pitts S-1S
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Ok, I probably fell into that category when I first started thinking of buying my Pitts.
The bottom line is that I could not get insurance without 60hrs tail dragger time and about 25hrs dual in type. This was through Avemco. Most other insurance companies would not even consider me. I did close to 30 hrs circuits and advanced spin training in B's and A's before I soloed my T.
What you may find is that the policy will be easier to get if your 25hrs is with somebody well known for turning out safe Pitts pilots. I know that it made a difference to me because my primary instructor (Gerry Younger of Kitchener/Waterloo) is well known to them.
From: Klusmanp@aol.com [SMTP:Klusmanp@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 1:12 PM
Subject: [Acro] Low time pilot needs insurance for Pitts S-1S
Question about Pitts insurance for low time pilot. I have 450 hrs total time.
I've got only 5 hrs taildragger time but I do have a tailwheel endorsement
from an aerobatic course I took at Purdue University. One insurance company
tells me they cannot offer anything to me for a Pitts until I have 250 hrs TD
time. This is a fairly well established company with access to many
underwriters. They said they MIGHT be able to find someone to write a policy
if I get 25 hrs dual in a 2-seat Pitts but they are not too optimistic.
Another insurance company has given me a quote that only requires 10 hrs dual
in the 2-seater to cover me. Sounds great but now I fear they are some kind
of fly-by-night operation.
I have arranged to get some dual instruction in an S-2B from a fellow in
Boulder. I'm thinking 10 - 20 hrs would be reasonable. I've had many people
tell me you don't just hop into a Pitts and go flying so I'm pretty
enthusiastic about the dual instruction.
Any low time pilots out there who have successfully done a transition to a
Pitts please let me know what insurance company you used and how much dual
you had to get.