Avemco has announced a
'noteworthy change' to its Safety Rewards Program. Developed with
cooperation from Cessna Aircraft Company, the new initiative
expands the availability of premium credits available though
Avemco’s popular program.
Any student who enrolls in a Cessna Pilot Center (CPC)-approved
Part 141 flight training program will qualify for the 5% flight
training premium credit upon their purchase of an Avemco insurance
policy (including non-owner coverage). Upon graduation from that
CPC-approved Part 141 flight training program the pilot will be
eligible for another year of 5% savings on their Avemco policy
premium. If the pilot completes one of the Practical Risk
Management Courses from King Schools, the total premium savings
increases to 10%.
This initiative came
about when Avemco was approached by Brumley Smith, Manager of CPC
programs for Cessna. Mr. Smith provided Avemco with detailed
information on how Cessna assists the CPCs in providing training
that goes beyond FAA minimums – a corner stone of the Avemco
Safety Rewards Program. The Program, which was launched by Avemco
in 2002, was designed specifically to give pilots an incentive to
seek risk management training and additional flight training,
thereby reducing both the frequency and severity of accidents and
helping to keep insurance rates as low as possible.
“With three years of solid claims data there is no
question this program has helped to reduce accidents and stabilize
insurance premiums,” stated Jim Lauerman, Executive Vice
President of Insurance Operations at Avemco.
“Our underwriting results are better for customers who
have participated in one or both aspects of the program.”
This expansion of the Safety Rewards Program not only offers
more opportunities for pilots to save money on their insurance, it
also gives them an incentive to seek excellence in their flight
training. CPCs utilize a structured approach to managing and
administering their flight training programs. For the CPCs that
elect to be Part 141 approved, another level of structure and
discipline is added to the training process. According to
Cessna’s Smith, this level of management in the flight
training process helps pilots achieve their training goals faster
and more efficiently while at the same providing the foundation for
the students to become safer pilots. Particularly attractive to
Avemco is Cessna’s integrated program which the student
completes a computerized flight lab that teaches maneuver training
prior to the pilot entering the aircraft. This training methodology
gives the student advanced understanding of what to expect during
“During my years as a flight instructor I would personally
coach my students on these maneuvers prior to flight because the
aircraft is the world’s worst and most expensive classroom.
Understanding the maneuver before the lesson can speed up the
learning process and produce a better pilot,” asserts
Lauerman (pictured below).
“We agree with Jim,” added Mr. Smith,
“that’s why our Cessna training kits are vital to the
training process we offer to the CPCs.” Mr. Smith went on to
mention that the average time to complete a Private Pilot’s
license in the CPC network is 54 hours – almost 30% less than
the national average, and Smith attributes this difference to
Cessna’s integrated curriculum.