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Message: [Acro] RE: Low time pilot needs insurance for Pitts S-1S

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From: "Peter Ashwood-Smith"<petera at>

Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 16:15:41 UTC


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.


Peter Ashwood-Smith

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Klusmanp at [SMTP:Klusmanp at]
	Sent:	Saturday, May 25, 2002 1:12 PM
	To:	acro at
	Subject:	[Acro] Low time pilot needs insurance for Pitts S-1S

	Pitts pilots:

	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
	from an aerobatic course I took at Purdue University. One insurance
	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

	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
	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.

	Paul Klusman
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