The first “Who’s Covered” clause I quoted from was from an insurance company that takes a very broad view of whom they will provide liability coverage for; however, many other insurance companies take a much different view. The same can be said of the “Who’s not covered”, “Rights against third parties” and “Pilot Warranty” clauses. This is the reason I urge everyone who owns an Aircraft Hull & Liability Insurance Policy carry a copy with them in the aircraft, and make sure they read the policy to make sure they are absolutely clear on what is and is not covered. Every aviation insurance policy is different, and every aviation insurance policy will carry some endorsements that modify or change the coverage provided by the insurance policy. What this means is that every aviation insurance policy is unique to the person and airplane being covered. If you don't understand an insurance policy you are counting on to protect you, then you are not very smart. You must know and understand any aviation insurance policy you purchase and count on.
”Insured” Definition As Opposed To A “Who’s Covered” ClauseThis wording is taken from a Private, Business & Pleasure Insurance Policy, and as you can see is quite different from the previous one. “Insured” The unqualified word “Insured” wherever used in this policy with respect to Coverages A, B, C and D, includes not only the named insured but also any person while using or riding in the aircraft and any person or organization legally responsible for its use, provided the actual use is with the express permission of the named insured. Except with respect to the named insured the provisions of the paragraph do not apply:
- (a) to any employee with respect to bodily injury, sickness, disease or death of another employee of the same employer injured in the course of such employment;
- (b) to any person or organization or to any agent or employee thereof (other than an employee of the named insured while acting in the course of his employment to the named insured):
- who manufactures, builds, sells or distributes aircraft, aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft accessories or fuel used in aircraft;
- who is engaged in the operation of an aircraft repair shop, aircraft sales agency, aircraft rental service, aircraft flying school, aircraft management service, aircraft aerial application service, aircraft inspection, appraisal, certification or examination service, commercial flying service, airline, airport, hangar, pilot training center or charter brokerage service;
- who is engaged in the activity of instruction, evaluation, examination or certification of any pilot or crew member or prospective pilot or crew member;
- who is charging a fee and/or receiving any remuneration or benefit for providing any service whatsoever in connection with the ownership, maintenance of use of any insured aircraft;
- (c) to any person or organization operating the aircraft under the terms of any rental agreement or training program which provides any remuneration to the named insured for the use of said aircraft;
- (d) to the owner or lessor, or any agent of employee thereof, of any aircraft which is the subject of the extended insurance provisions of Special Insurance Agreements.