A significant element of the EAA Eagle FlightsTM program is the insurance that protects the volunteer pilot as they participate. EAA has arranged comprehensive insurance for all aspects of the Eagle Flights program, all without a premium charge to the volunteer pilot. There are some key points in the summary below that must be adhered to in order to ensure that the pilot is protected.
Only EAA members may conduct Eagle Flights. Guidelines must be strictly followed in order for the insurance to apply and for the flight to be logged in the program. Please note that when the guidelines are met, this insurance is automatically in place for the flight and no additional insurance forms need to be completed:
- Pilot must be a current EAA member
- EAA members acting as participating pilots must hold an appropriate Airman’s Certificate (Sport Pilot or greater)
- Pilots must possess a current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
- Pilots must be current to carry passengers in the aircraft they plan to use
- Pilots must have a current Flight Review
- Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance is required for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed) with a minimum of $100,000 per seat liability insurance. If a rented aircraft is being used, it is essential that the volunteer pilot maintain a renter’s (or non‐owned) insurance policy.
- The Eagle Flights registration form must be completed before the flight and remain on the ground during the flight
- The aircraft used for the flight must be in airworthy condition
- Flights must adhere to all applicable Federal Air Rules (FARs)
- Pilot must meet the current Federal Air Rules (FARs) for the pilot certificate held.
Only EAA chapters are approved to hold Eagle Flights rallies. EAA chapters, their officers, directors, members and volunteers are protected by the EAA Chapter Insurance Plan for both ground and flight activities. To activate coverage for an Eagle Flights rally, the chapter must complete the Event Insurance Application form online at least 30 days prior to the event. Premises general liability coverage in the amount of what the chapter elected will apply.
Eagle Flights are given on an individual basis; only one adult passenger is allowed per Eagle Flight. It may not be in conjunction with a Young Eagle Flight or combined with an adult orientation ride. A release must be signed by the participant.
Please contact EAA at 800‐236‐4800, ext. 6106, if you have any insurance-related questions.