What kind of pilot runs out of gas?

Avemco Insurance Co. Vice President Mike Adams will present “What Kind of Pilot Runs Out of Gas?” at the Rochester, N.Y., Safety Stand Down Saturday, June 14. Adams will illustrate how a flight’s fuel looks right, until it isn’t.

The course content has been approved for the FAASTeam Pilot Proficiency Program (commonly known as WINGS) and counts as one credit for Basic Knowledge Level 3. WINGS is a voluntary Pilot Proficiency Program offered by the FAA. To learn more about the FAA WINGS program click here.

In addition, Avemco policyholders who attend this seminar can qualify for Safety Rewards credits on their annual insurance premiums. Avemco’s Safety Rewards Program recognizes the importance of pilots’ training relevant to the type of aircraft and operations in which they actively fly. They are rewarded for that education with premium credits for Avemco-approved training.

“We are passionate about helping to promote the safety education of our general aviation pilots and aircraft owners. The Rochester Safety Stand Down brings together pilots, CFIs, aviation mechanics and the interested public to promote aviation and safety; we are proud to be a partner of this great event,” notes Adams.

Adams is Avemco’s Vice President of Underwriting, an instrument-rated pilot, and a former president of the Oregon Pilots Association.

For more information on the Rochester 2014 aviation event click here.

Avemco has been insuring airplanes and pilots since 1961. Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, the company has financial strength ratings of “AA (Very Strong)” from Standard & Poor’s Corporation, “A+ (Superior)” from A.M. Best Company, Inc. and “AA (Very Strong)” from Fitch Ratings.


  1. Jim Klick says

    Yep, it probably would. I only speak of what I know. Every pilot SHOULD be familiar with the
    numbers for his airplane.
    After 18 years, I knew the Pitts pretty well. I’m now learning an Aeronca L16A, so I have a new
    learning curve, which will be very conservative.
    I guess that’s how I have been flying for this long, successfully.

  2. Bill Berson says

    Yeh, 2 minutes of climb isn’t much. But a loaded Cessna climbing to 10,000 at 400fpm might use a couple gallons.

  3. Jim Klick says

    For the 18 years I had the Pitts, I rarely went above 3500/4500, even when in competition.
    Power came back slightly after liftoff because the deck angle at best rate was so steep as to
    make forward visibility nil.
    The 2 minutes of climb was balanced by the 2 minutes of descent at destination. Regularly
    made 1 hr flights, and added 10 gal, plus or minus less than 1/10.

  4. Jim Klick says

    No matter who is presenting this, I wish I could be there to learn the secret of how to not know
    how much fuel you have, and how long you can fly.
    Pitts S1S, factory built, 20 gallon fuel tank, without leaning, burns 10 GPH, therefore, in 2 hours
    it becomes a not very good glider.
    This ain’t rocket surgery, boys and girls.
    Commercial, Multi, Instrument, LTA, awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2011.

  5. John says

    I’ve had AVEMCO in California,great to deal with,however I had to switch other carriers three yrs ago when I moved to utah, ‘ cause their rates were a lot higher!

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