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Old 07-22-2019, 07:24 AM
sailvi767 sailvi767 is offline
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2900 a year with standard coverages. F1 Rocket at 125,000 stated value. Ladd Gardner is the broker.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by swaneymj View Post
I had a negative experience with Falcon several years ago, so I won't go back to them. I've been working with Zach at Scott Sky Smith Insurance for many years (and several aircraft). They query multiple insurance carriers for their best rates, and do that for each renewal.
Same here, been a customer of SkySmith for twenty years and multiple aircraft. The carrier with the best rates for my RV-6 for the past few years has been Global.
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Old 07-22-2019, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by RJLEWISII View Post
Thanks all. I'll get quotes from them and report back. I got a quote from the company who insures my Christen Eagle and they were $5500 for a F1 and $3400 for a Harmon, each with hull of 150K. The RV8 of same value, (I know there aren't many at that price but I wanted to compare apples) came in at $1700. Big difference!
Thanks again for all of the input!
I am curious how the 150 K RV8 compares to a 500K Extra 300. and the Eagle Just for entertainment.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:02 PM
Robertcropdust Robertcropdust is offline
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I?ve been using Lad Garner for my F1 and all my previous experimental airplanes. Give Michele Friday a call. I believe my rocket policy is 140k @ 2500.00 per year. Great people to work with.
Built and flying F1 rocket..2019
Built and sold RV8 fast back ..2017
Bought flying Hr2 and sold S#11 ..2014
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:44 PM
N661DJ N661DJ is offline
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I am a 77 year young pilot, just got my RV8 renewal quote from "Global Aerospace" thru "Aviation Insurance Resources" ask for Jon Shimer. Excellent service.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by F1R View Post
I am curious how the 150 K RV8 compares to a 500K Extra 300. and the Eagle Just for entertainment.
I can imagine the Extra is pricey! The Eagle is $1800/yr for 80K hull for me with 300 hrs in type. The RV-8 is probably 1/2?? 150K hull on RV8 for me was 16-1700/yr.
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:24 AM
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thumbs up to falcon insurance.
not so good at skysmith.
and Gallagher insurance a definate thumb down,a flight review with a certified CFI every 6 months if you are over 80 yo? and highest rates of the 3 insurance agency's?
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:01 PM
BobTurner BobTurner is offline
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Fellow RV owners:
1. Falcon, Skysmith, Gallagher, are all agencies. They do not write the actual policies, they do not set the prerequisites. They provide service.
2. Some actual insurance companies have a policy of issuing only one quote on a given airplane. So, if you go to, say, Falcon first, this company will not respond to subsequent inquiries from Skysmith (unless you submit formal paperwork, severing any ties to Falcon). If this company happens to offer the best rates, then Skysmith will not be able to match them.
3. You are generally best off picking a good agency, and sticking with them. When they find out that they?ve been pre-empted by another agency, they lose incentive to work for you.
Story: Some years ago I received my quote from Gallagher (pre name change). Others here on VAF were saying they got better rates from company X. I called Jenny and asked. She said, in their professional opinion, company X did not meet their financial standards, and she would not recommend them. Eight months later company X folded, and left their policy holders scrambling to get coverage. IMHO this is the kind of knowledge and service you should be looking for in a broker.
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Old 07-31-2019, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by RJLEWISII View Post
Does anyone have any good recommendations for insurance companies for the Harmon Rocket or the F1?
Thanks in advance, Rob
I shopped around for insurance for my HR2 back in 2005. I received quotes from various and sundry agencies, my best quote from a company that is no longer in business. With less than 200 flying Rockets in existence and numerous taxi/landing incidents, premiums are much higher than RV's. There is safety or in this case lower costs in numbers. My annual Rocket premium quote (then) was $2500 (exactly twice my RV4). My HR2 was an early one and the data plate actually read RV4 since the original Rockets were in fact modified RV4 kits. When I informed the agent of this the new quote was $1200 full hull coverage.

I now use Avemco as they fully matched or exceeded any company quote I received (including Falcon) and have a good history and record in the industry.


PS: Rocket vs RV4? Twice the cost, twice the fuel burn, four times the grin..

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:28 PM
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Just renewed my policy after a 3 year rebuild. Given all the talk of skyrocketing rates I was expecting the worst. Given that, I'm:

1300 TT
900 TW
340 MM

$700 Liability only
I've been with Denise Leskovsky at Crest for a few years and been happy. She got me the above from USSIC
WARNING! Incorrect design and/or fabrication of aircraft and/or components may result in injury or death. Information presented in this post is based on my own experience - Reader has sole responsibility for determining accuracy or suitability for use.

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1940 Taylorcraft BL-65
1984 L39C
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