Insurers likely to consider lone pilots in VLJs too risky to offer suitable cover, NBAA experts conclude

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Single-pilot commercial operations with very light jets are unlikely to be considered an acceptable risk by insurers despite technological advances to make the latest generation of aircraft easier and safer to fly. This is the consensus of an NBAA aviation insurance and risk management seminar.

Single-pilot operation of business jets for corporate or private transport has been considered an acceptable insurance risk since Cessna introduced the Citation range, according to underwriters, but not for commercial operations.

The decision to take on a single-pilot operations risk in any market sector depends heavily on the underwriter's assessment of the pilot's experience, training records and the type of operations normally performed, says Brint Smith, senior vice-president private client services at Marsh and McLennan.