“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”
― Oscar Wilde
Time and time again, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) spots something familiar in competitors’ ads. Our slogans, premium comparison marketing campaigns, and even our company name have been replicated in print. These copycat trends continue to prove one fact: AIR is the aviation insurance broker to watch.
After 17 years with direct aviation insurance writer, Avemco, Jon Harden founded AIR in 1999. Based on a foundation of providing service with integrity for pilots, by pilots; AIR was and always will be comprised of agents that intimately know the aviation industry. Every agent at AIR is a pilot and many have owned their own aircraft.
Jon Harden – the founder of AIR is a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) and currently owns a Pitts S1 and a Cessna 180. Last summer his daughter became a pilot as well.
Chris Wolbert – an Embry Riddle graduate, Chris is a commercial and multi engine rated pilot. He’s been flying since 1990 and is one of the founders of AIR.
Gregg Ellsworth – has been a private pilot since the 70s. He is also an Embry Riddle graduate with an aviation management degree.
Jon Shimer – an A&P and private pilot with instrument and multi engine ratings, Jon has flown over 65 different models of aircraft. He has owned a Pitts Special and a J-3 Cub. He also performs with the Alabama Boys airshow act.
John Sweeney – learned to fly at Winged Spartans Flying Club of Michigan State University in 1969 and is a CFI. He has 37 years of experience in the aviation insurance industry and his first insurance job was as an aviation claims adjuster.
Victoria Neuville – an instrument rated commercial pilot, Victoria’s spare time is also centered around aviation. She can be found promoting her children’s book series, Turbo the Flying Dog and co-hosting the Stuck Mic AvCast aviation podcast.
Patrick Smith – Patrick is AIR’s only lighter-than-air pilot and commercial CFII. When the sun rises and sets, Patrick is busy flying with his hot air balloon business, Tailwinds Over Frederick.
Joe Ruck – firefighter turned pilot, Joe is also a CFI. He looks forward to being able to sign off his three great nephews and two grandsons for their first solos one day.
Joe Cacho – a private pilot, Joe joined the original members of the AIR team in 1999. He is also an Embry Riddle graduate and favorite place to fly is in the Florida Keys.
Bill Snead – the newest agent at AIR is not by any means new to the business. With over 35 years of aviation insurance experience, Bill is a commercial pilot and flies gliders.
As you can see in each short biography above, every pilot at AIR brings unique aviation experience to the table. This group of aviation insurance agents simply cannot be replicated. The next time you see an aviation insurance ad, think twice if it is unique, or simply mimicking something greater.
Serving our fellow pilots for over 18 years, AIR understands the budgeting needs of aircraft owners and aviation business operators. We shop all the major aviation insurance markets to provide the broadest coverage at the lowest rates. Call Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) at 301-682-6200 or complete an online quote request to start saving today!