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

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From: Jim Klick <klick at>

Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 17:55:47 UTC



I had a few thousand TT, 500 or so Tailwheel( before an endorsement
was required), but Zero Pitts time.
Forest agency said they would cover me only after a minimum 10 hour
checkout, and logbook endorsement by a CFI.

Fortunately, my CFI/Pitts checkout pilot was Doug Partl, who is well
known to Forest, so the process went smoothly.

I said the PROCESS went smoothly. Not so the landings.
She still humbles me at times. Usually when a crowd is watching.

Jim Klick

Klusmanp at wrote:

> 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 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.
> Thanks,
> Paul Klusman


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