Aviation Safety Seminar by Avemco Insurance Company President to Highlight Presentations at Rochester Wings Expo

Aviation Safety Seminar by Avemco Insurance Company President to Highlight Presentations at Rochester Wings Expo

For several years, Avemco has supported pioneering research that has uncovered the need for aviation
education based on professional airmanship development in tandem with skills‐based pilot training. This
groundbreaking research is led by Bill Rhodes, Ph.D. from Aerworthy Consulting, LLC.
Aviation Safety Seminar by Avemco Insurance Company President to
Highlight Presentations at Rochester Wings Expo
Rochester International Airport June 18‐19, 2010.
June, 2010— Jim Lauerman is the featured speaker for the Rochester Wings Aviation Expo at the Greater
Lauerman will address the issues of risk management in the cockpit that go beyond training and technology
in his feature presentation entitled “We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us.” He will discuss the motivation
and mindset needed to help prevent accidents while flying and share his unique perspective on the key
causes of aircraft accidents. His insights are based on actual Avemco insurance claims data, his 35 years of
experience in general aviation and his career as an insurance executive.
“Despite enormous changes in equipment and the well‐intentioned developments of technology, equipment
and regulations, people are still dying at high levels in general aviation accidents. The NTSB* statistics
haven’t changed much in the past 20 years – the average is still about ten people dying every week. This has
got to change” Lauerman notes. (*http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/Table10.htm)
Contact: Lauretta Godbey, Vice President of Marketing
Avemco Insurance Company

Telephone: (800) 752‐4208
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Lauerman will also introduce Rhodes for another Expo presentation: “Experts Reveal – Traits of Superior
accidents and what all pilots can learn to be more like them; this information is based on initial findings
Pilots.” Rhodes will share the interesting results of his work on why some pilots are less likely to have
from the Airman Education Research Initiative (AERI) sponsored by Avemco.
With over 4,000 hours of flight time, Lauerman’s career has spanned almost every aspect of general aviation.
It began in the Navy where he was an acoustic sensor operator aboard a P‐3 Orion. Upon returning to civilian
life, he purchased and managed his own flight school and Grumman‐American dealership, which he later sold
to become Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor at Elliot Beechcraft. Then, in 1985, National Aviation
Underwriters recruited him to enter the aviation insurance profession. Jim was soon promoted to Vice
President of US Specialty Insurance Company (USSIC) and later became Executive Vice President of
Operations at Avemco. He added Chief Underwriting Officer to his list of titles in 2001, and in 2007 became
President of Avemco.
For more information on the Rochester Wings Aviation Expo visit: www.rochesterwings.com.
Avemco Insurance Company, a leading pleasure and business general aviation insurer in the United States,
has been insuring planes and pilots since 1961. Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, Avemco is rated A+
(Superior) by A. M. Best Company and AA (Very Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. Avemco is a subsidiary of HCC
Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCC) a leading international specialty insurance group with assets of $9

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