An Aircraft Fleet Manager is directly responsible for all items relevant to the administration and quality control of the fleet. They must supervise and manage the day-to-day activities including aircraft maintenance, flight crews, training, scheduling, dispatch and compliance with regulations.
In addition, and equally important to the above, is that worldwide aircraft appraisals need to procure and maintain the insurance on all aircraft under management. Insurance industry best practices recommend that the Aircraft Manager, or FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate holder, be the point person on this critical component. Very simply, it’s not a sound risk management practice to rely on a third party’s insurance policy to protect the aircraft management company.
For instance, if the aircraft owner obtains the aircraft insurance, then the Aircraft Manager’s appointed insurance agent or broker will not have any authority to manage the critical function of claims. Claims by their very nature are problematic and aircraft owner and underwriter expectations need to be managed carefully to have a satisfactory result that leave both relationships intact for the Aircraft Manager.
In most cases, the aircraft fleet appraisals have valuable experience negotiating fleet insurance programs. They work with commercial aviation insurance brokers. They know their underwriters and have relationships that, in many cases, span several years. Most importantly, they understand the claim handling process from experience. The Aircraft Manager can have Peace of Mind that every time an aircraft is dispatched, he has insurance coverage with standardized pilot warranties/training requirements, territories, limits of liability and purpose of use.
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