NationAir's Aviation Products Liability Insurance Program Fills Needed Coverage Gap for Rotor Wing Aftermarket Firms

Benthusen and other NationAir representatives will be on hand to discuss this products liability coverage at Booth 5105 at the 2014 Heli-Expo Feb. 25 – 27 in Anaheim, CA.


WEST CHICAGO, Ill.—NationAir Aviation Insurance is now offering products liability coverage and risk assessments for rotor wing aftermarket parts firms.

“This is a significant but often neglected area in risk management in the rotor wing industry,” said NationAir Aviation Products Liability Director Jamie Benthusen. “We’ve put together an insurance program targeted specifically to the needs of rotor wing aftermarket and other products manufacturers.”

Benthusen and other NationAir representatives will be on hand to discuss this products liability coverage at Booth 5105 at the 2014 Heli-Expo Feb. 25 – 27 in Anaheim, Calif.

“In our experience, aftermarket suppliers haven’t been educated about liability issues because most have traditionally obtained coverage through non-aviation insurance firms,” Benthusen said. He draws on 15 years of experience with aviation products manufacturers and OEM distributors.

“Without experience in aviation law, regulations and coverages, generalist insurers don’t have the knowledge level to understand the risks,” he said.

Moreover, there may be several levels of separation between the manufacturer, the insurance broker and the actual policy. “Products liability insurance frequently is purchased through wholesalers,” Benthusen said. “With aviation specialists, the brokers provide direct communication, and we also advocate directly with underwriters.”

The products liability division was created in 2013 to expand NationAir’s portfolio of services as a longtime specialist in aviation insurance for both rotor wing, fixed wing and aviation related assets. Clients of NationAir’s Aviation Products Liability division, like all NationAir clients, also have priority access to NationAir’s complimentary value-added services, including NationAir’s dedicated in-house claims advisor, contract review and certificate management service. Clients also benefit from preferred rates with NationAir’s partners who cover a wide range of issues, including emergency response planning, legal counsel, and crisis communications consulting.

NationAir covers all aspects of rotor wing operations, as well as agricultural and aerial applications.

Rotor wing operations:                                                        Agricultural and aerial applications:

     •   DOD support; executive transport                              •    Offshore operations

     •   Executive transport                                                  •     Powerline/pipeline

     •   Electronic news gathering                                        •    Predator control

     •   Fire suppression                                                      •    Sales and demonstration

     •   Flight training                                                           •    Search and rescue

     •   HEMS                                                                     •    Sightseeing

     •   Heavy lift                                                                  •    Surveying

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