Thursday, September 28, 2017

Underwriting: Commercial or Private?

By Lisa Morris, VP of Underwriting and Development at Partners Advantage

Aviation consideration can fly in many directions (pun intended). However, the basis of consideration rests on experience and safety standards. Private pilots that are adequately trained and fly enough to stay abreast of the activity have greater opportunities at preferred consideration. Also, commercial pilots who fly on a schedule or if non-scheduled but have the same safety standards as scheduled flights, can also be considered at preferred. Well, what can cause a rating? The most popular areas that result in ratings involve the following:
  1. Not flying enough per year (not familiar enough)
  2. Flying too much per year (increased chance of accidents)
  3. Hazardous activity such as helicopter flying, fire/emergency flying or air traffic control
  4. Experimental or Acrobat flying
In addition, a person’s medical history can affect aviation assessment. In this case, consideration of an aviation exclusion can be utilized. However, remember that a claim may be questioned if the applicant crashed due to an infarct (heart attack) while flying. In other words, you’d be faced with the infamous struggle of who came first, the chicken or the egg? Or in an aviation case, which came first, the crash or the infarct. 

Do you have an underwriter with experience on your side? Partners Advantage can help. Contact Lisa “Lee” Morris at 888-251-5525, Ext. 199 or email

Fly High my Friends!

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Partners Advantage Insurance Services and their representatives do not give tax or legal advice. The material in this blog is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as tax, legal or underwriting advice. Additionally, the information presented here does not consider the impact of applicable state laws upon clients and prospects.

Guarantees and benefits are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Keep in mind that most life insurance policies require health underwriting and, in some cases, financial underwriting. Each case is individually underwritten as the severity of medical conditions varies among individuals. Formal underwriting evaluation and pricing is based on the individual characteristics of each case.