Avemco Launches Safety Education Tour with Keynote at Northwest Aviation Conference

February 7, 2013— Avemco Insurance Company Vice President, Mike Adams, will present “Flying the Pacific Northwest: Findings Revealed from Avemco® Files” at the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show on February 23, 2013 in Puyallup, Washington. 

As a leader in safety advocacy, Avemco will be launching their 2013 Safety Education Tour at the conference.  The tour will include speaking, webinar, online, print, events and presentations.  The focus will be to encourage all aviators to participate in relevant training, offer information compiled from claims data to help avoid accidents and provide expertise about insurance that will benefit aircraft owners and renters.

Over 12,000 pilots are expected to attend the annual Conference where Adams’ presentation will focus on general claims information from accidents occurring in the Pacific Northwest including those that didn’t make it to the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) files. 

“We’re excited to kick-off our 2013 Safety Education Tour in the northwest region of the US because it presents a set of unique challenges to new and skilled pilots. As we’ve seen through our claims data: weather, terrain and altitude are definitely factors and in this session you will also learn about claims that may surprise you.” notes Adams. 

Mike Adams is Avemco’s Vice President of Underwriting and has been with the organization for over 25 years.  Formerly the President of the Oregon Pilots Association, Adams is an instrument-rated pilot with over 750 hours.  As senior underwriting officer, his role is to determine the underwriting requirements for Avemco’s insurance policies and to help customers understand why many of these decisions are designed to help keep them safe. 

“The Pacific Northwest was the perfect backdrop for my formative flying years and I have a great appreciation and respect for the high level of flying skill needed for this area.  Our file case studies show  losses that could have been prevented with greater awareness and attention to issues like human factors, safety management and pilot/aircraft preparedness,” continued Adams. 

The 30th Annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show will be held in Puyallup, Washington February 23-24, 2013.  The Avemco presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room B/Pioneer of the Showplex on Saturday, February 23.  For more information on the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show go to http://www.washington-aviation.org/NACoverview.html

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 AA (Very Strong) by Standard & Poor's and A+ (Superior) by A. M. Best Company. Avemco has also earned prestigious recognition in the Anniversary Best Mark Program by the A.M. Best Company.  The Best Mark Program was created to distinguish insurance companies with at least a 25 year history of being rated A or higher.  For the latest rating, visit www.ambest.com.  Avemco is a wholly owned subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCC) a leading international specialty insurance group.

For More Information Contact:
Lauretta Godbey, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations Director
Avemco Insurance Company
Telephone: 301-694-4207
Email: lgodbey@ave.com
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