AVEMCO® Announces 2011 Safety Team

AVEMCO® Announces 2011 Safety Team

AVEMCO® Announces 2011 Safety Team
Insurance Company Expands Safety Rewards Program and Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Frederick, MD – Avemco Insurance Company announced its new 2011 Safety Team comprised of industry and marketplace professionals dedicated to improving loss prevention standards by advancing general aviation training and awareness.

The new Avemco Safety Team currently includes John and Martha King, Co-owners of King Schools; Kirby Ortega, Chief Pilot, Piston Engine Flight Operations, Cessna Aircraft Company;  Kevin Clover, National FAASTeam  Manager; Bill Rhodes, PhD of Aerworthy Consulting, LLC; Bob Wright, Past FAA Division Manager General Aviation and Commercial Division, current Principle, Wright Aviation Solutions, LLC; Tom Turner, MCFI owner Mastery Flight Training and author of the online newsletter Flying Lessons and Jerry Gregoire, Founder & Chairman Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc.
"Given the current general aviation accident rate and the clear evidence that pilot error continues to be the primary ongoing problem, the need for pilots to participate in a new paradigm of training is obvious,” said Avemco President Jim Lauerman. “This industry needs to help itself by significantly improving piloting and loss prevention skills. At Avemco, we take this responsibility seriously. That's why we’ve formed the Avemco Safety Team comprised of some of our industry’s most innovative safety leaders to help us refine our loss prevention efforts  and to help make our popular Safety Rewards Program even more effective. The goal is simple, save lives and grow general aviation. "
This formation of the first Avemco Safety Team reaffirms the company’s commitment to general aviation safety. The team will be offering educational advice and presentations to general aviation pilots and aircraft owners throughout the year.  The launch event for the team took place at last week’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in and Expo with presentations at Avemco’s exhibit, along with educational forums conducted by Lauerman and Safety Team members in the FAA Building and in the Forums area.
Avemco began its focus on improving safety when it launched the Avemco Safety Rewards Program in 2003.  The program was designed to help reduce the frequency and severity of general aviation accidents by providing incentives to pilots who seek ongoing training.
Since then Avemco has spent the past several years supporting pioneering research that has uncovered the need for aviation education based on professional airmanship development in tandem with skills-based pilot training. This project, called the Airmanship Education Research Initiative (AERI), is led by Bill Rhodes, Ph.D. from Aerworthy Consulting, LLC.           (more)
"Despite the well-intentioned developments of technology, equipment and regulations, people are still dying at unacceptably high levels in general aviation accidents,” notes Lauerman. “The NTSB* statistics haven't changed much in the past 10 years – the average is still about ten people dying every week. This has got to change.  We hope that an increase in educational awareness through the Safety Team and more research into professional development for loss prevention through the AERI project will help move the accident rate in the other direction." (*http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/Table10.htm)
To help celebrate Avemco’s 50th anniversary in 2011, the Safety Team has several events and promotions planned throughout the year in addition to Sun and Fun. These include additional educational webcasts at Avemco.com and more guest events by the Team at Avemco Forums and exhibit during July’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Dan Weiler
Executive Director of the Cessna Owner Organization
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