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Professional Pilot Insurance Plan

Announces new supplemental benefits and services designed exclusively for pilots and their families.

The Professional Pilot Insurance Plan is very pleased to announce the addition of supplemental benefits and services designed exclusively for pilots and their families.  The Professional Pilot Insurance Plan is a unique insurance program first launched in February 2002 to provide innovative, flexible insurance product solutions to pilots and their families.   As a professional aviator, your occupation requires benefits tailored to your needs, benefits that protect both you and your family. Built-in flexibility and portability allows you to choose the benefit and amounts suitable to you. Below is a brief outline of the benefits. For more detailed information on these benefits please visit our website at: http://www.ppip.ca/products-services.php  or review the downloadable brochure at: http://www.ppip.ca/documents/Professional-Pilot-Insurance-Plan-Brochure.pdf

Pilot Income Protection (PIP)
If you suffer a serious accident or sickness and unable to work, Pilot Income Protection (PIP) will pay an agreed monthly amount for up to 60 months following the waiting period of your choice (90, 120, 180 or 365 days). This first in Canada solution gives you the option to purchase additional supplementary disability coverage available in units of $500/month up to a maximum amount of 85% of your net pre-disability earnings.  Pilot Income Protection is designed to provide peace of mind in the event you are unable to work, or suffer a reduction in income as a result of accident or sickness.   To be eligible for this coverage, applicants must be a member in good standing with the College of Professional Pilots of Canada. 

Critical Illness Insurance
Even with the best extended health and disability plans, a serious illness can end up causing you unplanned financial hardship. Although we are beating the odds, an alarming number of us will suffer a Critical Illness in our lifetime.   Critical illness insurance pays a lump sum benefit directly to you on diagnosis of a covered condition. You and your spouse can apply for up to $300,000 each. Coverage is available up to $10,000 for dependent children.

Optional Group Life Insurance
Available to both you and your spouse, optional group life can be purchased in units of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000.  You are automatically pre-qualified if you hold a valid and current CAT1 medical.  It includes a Living Benefit which pays 25% of the life insurance benefit ($50,000 maximum) to the insured if he or she is diagnosed with an illness and expected to live less than 12 months.  The coverage is completely portable and you can modify your amount of coverage at any time.  Consider this coverage as a more suitable solution to traditional Mortgage Insurance.

Accidental Death, Disease & Dismemberment Insurance (ADD&D)
This optional benefit is available to pilots only (spouses excluded) and is non-occupational (excludes losses during flight time). ADD&D pays an amount equal to the Optional Life amount in the event of an accidental death. ADD&D pays a portion of the Optional Life amount for dismemberment, loss of use or paralysis due to an accident.

Dependent Life
This benefit is automatically included with Optional Group Life for pilots with eligible dependents. Each spouse and dependent child is insured for $5,000. 

Group Home and Auto Insurance

The Co-operators Group Auto & Home Insurance Program is pleased to partner with the Professional Pilot Insurance Plan to offer members of PPIP preferred rates on auto and home insurance. Along with preferred rates, plan members will enjoy exceptional coverage and excellent personal service. This group benefit is available by calling 1-800-387-1963 direct, or by visiting their website www.cooperatorsgroupinsurance.com

For more information about these unique products and services available to You, please visit our website at ppip.ca/products-services.php. If you have questions we want to hear from you. Please call us toll free at 1-888-724-1444 or email ppip@rbiadvisory.com.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania, along the great Susquehanna River, lies a diamond in the ruff….


…. Griggs Aircraft Refinishing LLC…


easily accessible by air from all major eastern cities, we at Griggs Aircraft
Welcome You!



Griggs Aircraft Refinishing, was established by


Matt and Will Griggs.


Matt, an avionics technician with 20 + years' experience in the industry.

Will, an aircraft refinisher, with 15 +years' experience.

Both men with exceptional detail oriented capabilities soon found themselves branching out on their own, thus forming Griggs Aircraft Refinishing LLC.


The year was 2004.The location Skyhaven Airport 76 N, Tunkhannock, Pa.

As their reputation for excellence grew, so did the demand for ALL aircraft services.


With this reputation of excellence "the best of the best" aviation talent soon found its way to Griggs Aircraft.


This is the foundation of Griggs Aircraft Refinishing LLC.


Today ,  Griggs is proud to offer aircraft maintenance and repair, avionics sales and installation, refinishing and /or restoration, and fabrication in a newly constructed 10,000 SQ Ft state of the art facility. This new facility was constructed in most part by Matt, his immediate family members and Griggs Aircraft Employees who have quickly become a very close band of brothers. 


With the recent PAH approval and the purchase of the O&N STC's which include but not limited to the Cessna P210 Silver Eagle, Auxiliary Fuel Tanks and Mooney Bladder Systems, Griggs can now offer services to not only the light aircraft industry, but can offer a broad and diverse product line to the small aircraft owner as well.


Griggs has also added Wolf Aircraft Products, High performance, Biplane Kits.

Chris, an A&P mechanic and fabricator with 20 years' experience in the aviation industry, specializes in experiential aircraft. Chris, along with the Griggs team has the ability to manufacture a complete High-Performance Biplane


This unsurpassed work ethic coupled with high moral standards has added the polish to this diamond in the ruff. Proudly making


Griggs Aircraft,

Nationally and Internationally

recognized in the aviation community.


With this understanding of Griggs Aircraft, past and present, it will be our pleasure to hear from you soon!!!!!


Griggs Aircraft Refinishing LLC






Bifold doors from Schweiss Doors save planes,
hangars from damage during Category 4 hurricane

Airport Manager Mike Geer was most amazed at how the eight T-hangar doors came through the hurricane with just some minor cosmetic damage. They got hit hard for two hours before the eye of the hurricane came over and then for two hours more.

FAIRFAX, Minn., November 2, 2017 – Occasionally, customers suggest that Schweiss hydraulic and bifold doors may be more heavy duty than they need to be, but you won’t hear that from pilots who house their airplanes in hangars at the Aransas County Airport in Rockport, Texas.

The small gulf town of Rockport is located 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The neighboring city of Fulton bore the brunt of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that wreaked havoc in Texas in late August 2017. Harvey hit the shores with sustained winds in excess of 145 mph for a period of 5 hours with wind gusts topping 160 mph. Rockport faced hurricane force winds for more than 13 hours.

Airport manager Mike Geer was so excited to report that hangars with Schweiss bifold doors were still standing he called Schweiss Doors owner Mike Schweiss.

“Those doors, in large part, are why we have buildings here that are still standing,” Geer says. “We lost seven buildings all together for a total of about 90,000 square feet of hangar space. I believe the Schweiss doors are why the buildings that are still standing are still up. On everything else, we lost the doors and the buildings followed right after. When we rebuild, I guarantee you we will be putting Schweiss doors on these hangars.”

Two of the largest Schweiss bifold liftstrap doors on box hangars at Aransas County Airport are 60 by 17 feet. Eight bifold doors measuring 43 by 14 feet, 10 inches were installed on the T-hangars. Liftstrap doors are wind-rated at 130 mph and include hurricane pins to further secure them to the hangars.

“We have eight bifold doors on T-hangars and they are all still standing with every hangar intact,” Geer says. “We have another identical hangar next to it that had one of Schweiss’ competitor’s doors on it. That hangar was picked up and thrown to the ground because the doors failed. Our T-hangars that survived were the biggest deal to me. They took a full frontal and then a full force again after the eye crossed over. They got hammered. They have some cosmetic damage, but the amazing thing to me was the doors held. The hurricane pin bolts (windpins) were bent 25 degrees. They are an inch thick. That tells you how strong that wind was, but the Schweiss doors took it!”

Wind pins are strong steel bolts that lock the door to the building to resist negative wind loads similar to the bolt on a standard door lock. They can be placed into the floor at the bottom of the door or as “wall pins” in the side of the bifold or hydraulic doors.

The 7,000-square-foot hangars, with the doors measuring 60 by 35 feet, are built large enough to handle at least a Beechcraft King Air 350.

On the large box hangars, Geer says one wing nut came off on a plexiglass window. The exterior cladding stayed intact. A total of 15 airplanes were destroyed and 22 more damaged. Geer said engineering students from several universities visited the airport to study the impact of the storm. He was told the Schweiss doors were the reason the T-hangars survived.

“I chose to ride out the hurricane in the airport terminal for several reasons,” Geer says. “One of which was that I knew it would be very difficult to get back into Rockport after the storm passed. I believed that the airport would be a natural staging ground for the relief and recovery efforts, so my thought process was to be ready to help with the first responders. Had I known Harvey was going intensify into a major hurricane, I would have evacuated.

“It was like having a 747 with parking brakes on at full throttle just outside the door. It was incredibly loud. We had hurricane force winds here for 13 hours. The Category 4 part sat on us for five hours. That’s never happened before. Most hurricanes move through in three to five hours. This hurricane sat on us for quite a while. It didn’t stall in speed, it stalled in forward momentum. The wind came directly out of the north for two hours and then directly out of the south for two hours; we were right in the middle of the hurricane. In fact, it took the eye over an hour to pass over. I have learned since that there were multiple F-5 tornadoes inside the eyewall.”

Hurricane Harvey was the first Category 4 storm in the U.S. since 2004 when Charley menaced Florida. Texas had not endured such a powerful hurricane since Carla in 1961. The Category 4 hurricane had a diameter of 280 miles. Two estimates report total losses as much as $75 billion. More than 2.3 million customers across Texas were without electricity as Harvey threatened to stall, setting up several days of rainfall that dropped up to 50 inches in some spots and about 15 inches in Rockport.

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit www.bifold.com.

Rockport, Texas, was in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey that wreaked havoc on the Aransas County Airport. All the hangars still standing had Schweiss bifold liftstrap doors; those that had other doors were destroyed.

Hurricane Harvey destroyed 15 aircraft and damaged 22 more at Aransas County Airport. Seven hangars were also lost, totaling 90,000 square feet of hangar space.

The small seaside town of Rockport, Texas, located about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi also received considerable damage. Harvey was the first Category 4 hurricane in the U.S. in 13 years.


These three large box hangars with Schweiss 60-foot by 17-foot bifold liftstrap doors look like they were totally missed by Hurricane Harvey, but they weren’t.


You can bet the owner of this hangar wished his plane was in a hangar with a Schweiss bifold door to protect it.

Public Relations Contact:

Mike Schweiss, owner
Schweiss Doors
72121 470th St.
Hector, Minn. 55342
(507) 426-8273

Release submitted by:

Jim Austin, managing director
Targeted Content Inc.

(715) 323-3588

If Your a Rusty Pilot...Read On..

Rusty Pilot resources to get back in the air
Been out of the cockpit for awhile? Getting back in can be easier than you think, with AOPA's Rusty Pilots resource page. AOPA Online.


Touchdown in Tampa
A just-right 78-degree temperature, 59 percent humidity, and winds out of 060 degrees at four knots greeted the first arrivals at the AOPA Fly-In at Tampa, Florida, presented by Peter O. Knight Airport. The unusually mild and dry conditions might not have been typically Florida-like, but there's no doubting that the estimated 5,478 attendees -- 339 of whom flew themselves in -- certainly appreciated them. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

NBAA Aviation Update

FAA deals with unintended consequences of data-driven flight paths
One unintended consequence of creating more efficient flight paths under the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen program has been a spike in aircraft noise around communities that were developed around the old flight patterns. The controversy prompted columnist Kalev Leetaru to write that "an epic battle is brewing over whether the future of our society will be decided by nonpartisan data or whether we go back to good old-fashioned human politics where the politician with the most power and the citizen with the biggest pocketbook wins."
Forbes (10/27) 

Overpaying for Life Insurance?

STOP Overpaying for Life Insurance. — How do I find the best life policy as a pilot? Pilots are often quoted incorrectly for life insurance. If an agent does not understand aviation it is unlikely they know which underwriting carriers are the best for your aviation activities. The Pilot Insurance Center specializes in life insurance coverage for all types of pilots. (800) 380-8376 or PilotInsurance.com

Schweiss Doors founder Mike Schweiss featured in news
piece on Minneapolis television station

FAIRFAX, Minn., October 11, 2017 – Mike Schweiss, founder and owner of Schweiss Doors, was recently featured in a television news feature titled, “Small Town Minnesota Door Business Goes Galactic.”

In the interview produced by WCCO-TV of Minneapolis, Schweiss explains how he got into the business and how it’s grown. During the three-minute feature, WCCO reporter John Lauritsen details some of Schweiss’ project highlights, including manufacturing doors for NASCAR, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and SpaceX.

To see the interview, visit http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/10/08/fm-schweiss-doors/

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit www.bifold.com.

Public Relations Contact:

Mike Schweiss, owner
Schweiss Doors
72121 470th St.
Hector, Minn. 55342
(507) 426-8273

Release submitted by:

Jim Austin, managing director

Targeted Content Inc.


(715) 323-3588

Aviation Employment

Job of the week: LeTourneau University assistant chief flight instructor
The College of Aviation and Aeronautical Science at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, is seeking an assistant chief flight instructor. This faculty position involves providing flight training that conforms to best practices including dual instruction, stage checks, participation in department meetings, supervision of flight instructors, and other responsibilities as assigned. Read the full description and apply today!