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"Is it difficult to get insurance for aircraft equipped with Walter or other high-horsepower engines?"
Yes, it has been difficult. Insurance companies have been reluctant to insure turbine-powered amateur-built experimental airplanes. Our turboprop-powered airplanes are unique, with docile slow flight, stall, and landing characteristics that minimize risk. We have invested considerable time and effort working with Avemco in an effort to obtain easier access to insurance for our customers. Avemco has been very cooperative and helpful, and senior Avemco personnel are well acquainted with our products. Avemco and other insurers have insured many of our builders' piston-powered airplanes without difficulty. Avemco has provided insurance for some of our turbine-powered customers, and has indicated a willingness to consider doing so for others on an individual basis.
Insurance availability for experimental airplanes tends to be highly dependent on the individual pilot's background, experience, and familiarity with the specific make/model. A low-time or inexperienced pilot will have more difficulty getting insurance than an experienced pilot. To help ease the transition to our turboprop-powered airplanes, Aerocomp offers a comprehensive post-construction Flight Test and Type-Transition Training Program.
As of June 2001, there are now 31 turbine Comp Air planes flying, and over 75 more under construction. We are routinely flying 5 Walter-equipped demonstrator airplanes at the factory here in Merritt Island, FL.
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