A Trend In The Works?
After word spread on Web forums about the Kansas situation, at least one other instance of a similar policy was reported in a chain of FBOs that operates in the Southwest. The firm, said to be Cutter Aviation on the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association online message board, hasnít returned telephone or e-mail message requests for an interview. The Kansas pilot we did speak with told us his main fear is that the policy will spread and could result in owners of older aircraft being unable to obtain service or repairs while traveling. Meanwhile, Kevin Mead, the owner of a shop in Hutchinson, Kan., says he doubts the insurance industry is driving the issue. Meadís shop specializes in Piper Malibus, including extensive modifications, and heís heard nothing from his insurance company about an 18-year limit. ďThereís been no restriction on our insurance,Ē he said. Mead said there are only a few insurance companies that cover aircraft maintenance facilities, so he said itís likely that if one had instituted an 18-year limit that others would at least be talking about it. He also noted that liability still remains a major concern in the industry.