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A private yacht charter offers a personalized experience on the water. You can choose how and where you sail, as well as your menu, activities and guest list.
Most charter companies have top-notch experts who can lead you through the process of planning your sailing adventure to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable yacht experience.
If you are planning a yacht charter trip, travel insurance is important to consider. Comprehensive travel insurance plans combine several coverage types together to protect your trip investment, your health and your belongings.
We’ve asked travel insurance experts about what coverage types you should buy so you can have smooth sailing on your next voyage at sea.
Chartering a yacht is expensive, and you should protect your trip accordingly.
“Yacht charters typically require a significant up-front deposit, so individuals considering a yacht charter should consider trip cancellation insurance for the trip and travel medical insurance for all passengers on the trip,” says Don Van Scyoc, a spokesperson with GeoBlue travel insurance.
“In the current environment with changing travel restrictions and guidelines, a trip cancellation plan can be used to protect non-refundable deposits and other costs related to the charter,” Van Scyoc says.
Typical travel insurance policies list several reasons you can file a trip cancellation insurance claim to recoup prepaid and non-refundable trip expenses if you need to cancel your trip. Check your policy for the list.
Acceptable reasons for canceling vary by company but often include:
So if a week before your sea adventure, you dislocate your knee and can’t travel, you can file a claim for reimbursement of the pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs you have lost.
Not all reasons to cancel will be covered by a standard travel insurance policy. For example, if you read online reviews about the charter company that the food offerings are unappetizing and the staterooms are dirty, these are not reasons covered by insurance for canceling your trip.
If you want a higher degree of flexibility to cancel, consider adding “cancel for any reason” coverage to your travel insurance plan. This upgrade will increase your policy cost by about 50% but will supply you the liberty to cancel your trip for any reason, including fear or a big fight with your partner.
To make a “cancel for any reason” insurance claim, you must cancel your trip at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure. Reimbursement varies by policy but is often 50% or 75% of your trip expenses.
It’s especially important if you’re planning a yacht charter to check the travel medical insurance requirements for all the places you will visit.
“Some places like Aruba require each visitor to purchase local Covid health insurance for each trip, even if you’re there for one night,” says Van Scyoc at GeoBlue.
In this case, the Aruba Visitors Insurance is a Covid-only health plan that only provides benefits for medical expenses related to a positive Covid test. “Other medical expenses are not covered,” cautions Van Scyoc.
Even though there’s mandated insurance to visit a particular destination, Van Scyoc says each individual traveling on the charter should have travel medical insurance, so purchasing a robust travel insurance policy is vital.
“Travel medical plans typically have much higher medical limits,” he points out.
The most generous travel insurance plans provide $500,000 per person for emergency medical expenses. They can also provide $1 million for emergency medical evacuation.
Having a good exit strategy is necessary for this pandemic environment, where it’s possible that some ports could be unexpectedly closed to private owners.
“The medical evacuation benefits are particularly important for travelers on a chartered yacht,” Van Scyoc points out.
To that end, he says that “travelers should read the fine print of any plans they are considering as some plans determine coverage based on the location of the yacht.”
Lisa Conway, the chief underwriting officer of Battleface, a travel insurance company, points out that yacht charters often spend significant time away from land. Yachts sail in open waters where fast access to medical facilities in the event of an emergency is not readily available. This makes emergency medical evacuation coverage especially important.
“Due to the nature of yacht vacations,” Conway says, “I recommend purchasing a medical evacuation benefit of at least $100,000, as well as coverages like trip cancellation, trip delay, and travel medical.”
Van Scyoc says that an important travel insurance benefit to consider for those chartering a yacht is access to telemedicine consultations with physicians. Many travel insurance companies, including GeoBlue, offer mobile services for policyholders, including medical guidance and consultations for non-emergencies.
“If you’re on a boat, access to a physician may require hours or even days of travel,” Van Scyoc says. “With telemedicine, a covered individual may be able to access care without any interruption to their trip.”
Another consideration when buying travel insurance for yacht charters is adding an optional sporting and adventure upgrade for activities. This can cover activities like scuba diving, a popular activity for guests on a yacht charter.
World Nomads travel insurance plans cover about 200 adventure and extreme sports activities, but not all plans from other companies do.
Check the limits in your plan for hazardous or adventure activities. For example, Van Scyoc says that some insurance companies will only pay claims from a scuba incident if the insured person is certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) or the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), or diving under the supervision of a certified instructor.
Other plans, he says, may include diving depth limits for their coverage. “As an example, some plans will only cover divers up to 10 meters,” Van Scyoc. Be sure to speak with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for activities you plan to enjoy on your yacht charter experience.
If not, see what sporting and adventure upgrades are available to purchase. AIG travel insurance, for example, offers an upgrade to its Travel Guard Deluxe plan that covers extreme activities that are excluded from its standard policy.
Conway with Battleface notes that government regulation or prohibition is not covered by travel insurance. So if you are denied entry to a port based on current entry rules and restrictions, you are not eligible to file a travel insurance claim for reimbursement.
Also, if you are severely intoxicated and slip and suffer an injury due to your condition, you will not be covered. Most travel insurance policies have exclusions in the policy language that will not cover a traveler’s negligence due to excessive alcohol or illegal drug use.
You may be able to purchase travel insurance directly through your yacht charter company. Mitja Mirtič, CEO of Goolets, a private charter expert company in Slovenia, says such plans come in several variations and are very adaptable.
“Our portfolio includes international medical insurance plans, short and long term, which can cover citizens of any country when they travel out of their borders,” Mirtič says.
Travel insurance costs will depend on factors including:
Goolets, for example, offers travel insurance plans from the International Medical Group (IMG). You can buy a standard Travel Lite plan, the Travel SE plan with additional benefits like coverage for missed connections, or the more extensive Travel LX plan, which offers the most coverage.
Travel LX also offers optional upgrades, like “cancel for any reason” coverage and “interruption for any reason” coverage.
According to Mirtič, the Travel LX plan for a nine-person yacht charter trip costing $35,000, with “cancel for any reason” coverage added, would cost you around 11% of your trip total.
What do you do with a well-targeted utility machine capable of mastering a wide range of on- and off-airport missions? Well, you make it fly faster.
Daher Aircraft revealed the Kodiak 900 pretty-darned-fast utility turboprop from the Kodiak 100 series, and the company announced its FAA certification at EAA AirVenture 2022. With a new PT6-series powerplant from Pratt & Whitney, a streamlined cargo pod, and the Garmin G1000 NXi up front, the Kodiak 900 takes the series forward into a profile that not only can maintain its milestones of range and endurance but also post a maximum cruise speed of 210 ktas.
Daher’s CEO, Didier Kayat, kicked off the press briefing at AirVenture by laying the foundation of Daher’s latest expansion in the U.S., before revealing the new aircraft and handing the microphone to Nicolas Chabbert, CEO of Daher’s Aircraft Division.
“This is the fabulous aircraft that has gone way faster than its sister aircraft, the 100, but also any of the competition that is available out there,” Chabbert said. “It’s mainly done through a combination of things…but let’s start with the propeller.”
The prop in question? A five-blade Hartzell composite propeller whose design is borrowed from the TBM series. And it spins at a lower rpm, “so we can get the noise down,” Chabbert said, “even with the aircraft being a much bigger baby, as you can see.” The prop maintains an all-important ground clearance of 15.6 inches—critical for the Kodiak’s off-airport applications.
The PT6A-140A represents the first new engine for the Kodiak since it was originally delivered with the PT6A-34, and the 900 in the new model number represents the leap in shaft horsepower from the -34’s 750 shp to the -140A’s 900 shp.
The extra 150 nominal horsepower is available throughout the Kodiak 900’s operational range, at temperatures up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). This capability directly addresses the airplane’s regular use into hot and high conditions—hot temperatures and high altitude airports and backcountry locations.
Chabbert noted that the new -140A provides a “good 5 percent efficiency” over the previous PT6A in the Kodiak. “Having this kind of power for an aircraft like this—it needs to go into places [where] it’s hot and high. The thing about the -140A is that we can maintain this power at an impressive 37 degrees…so that can supply us a lot of flexibility to maintain power even if it’s going to be in the middle of summer, in the Rockies, and you need to get off efficiently.”
With the prop/engine combination, the 900’s TBO is 4,000 flight hours, with an on-condition hot section inspection program.
The Kodiak 900 is the first Kodiak to feature single-point refueling, and Chabbert said it’s already proven useful. “It’s extremely handy, and on our flight over to Oshkosh, we stopped at one place where it was absolutely essential that we had that single-point of refueling feature on the aircraft.
“We have worked on the details, listening to the customer feedback, and every piece of ergonomics, whether it’s on the flight deck or in the back of the plane has been addressed on this new model,” Chabbert said.
“One thing that we wanted from day one—I suggest that we can’t just look at the future and say that ‘we’ll do something better later.’ We have to, today, make sure that whatever we come out with as a new product we are going to do it in a more efficient way.”
“So, we have worked from day one on [redesigning] the cargo pod and having fairings so that we can reduce drag on the aircraft, to increase the efficiency. So one thing, the efficiency isn’t only coming from the engine—it does, but it’s not enough. The efficiency of the engine and the aircraft, it’s going to add up to a very interesting number.
“We basically are doing the same range as Kodiak 100 on the Kodiak 900 [969 nm] with a much faster speed of 210 knots. We’re able to carry more—it [has] an impressive useful load of 3,630 pounds, and I can tell you that, seeing the airplane full of people, full of luggage, and taking the picture of the luggage on the ground, you say, ‘Holy crap! This is it!’”
Endurance is also a hallmark of the new Kodiak. At the top speed of 210 knots, at 12,000 feet msl, a pilot can expect 4.3 hours with a 45-minute fuel reserve.
Chabbert flew with Paul Carelli, director of flight operations and special missions for Daher’s Kodiak division, and they were both impressed by—among other parameters—the short-field takeoff. They went to practice takeoffs and landings at a small grass strip near the Kodiak base at Sandpoint, Idaho, with the runway at 3,000 feet, and a little bit uphill. “I went to say, ‘Can this baby take off with a full load of passengers?’” asked Chabbert, and the answer was, yes it will.
Carelli outlined the flight test program, which started in earnest with the Kodiak 900’s first flight on February 28, 2020, with two test aircraft and one ground article. “This plane did phenomenally,” Carelli said. “We took it to some places, on airport, off airport, all across the U.S. And I can tell you that we flew 163 hours, about 131 landings…[some on] very rough terrain, and we did about 90 sorties. And we had absolutely not a single maintenance gripe on a brand new airplane.”
He also foresees special missions applications for the 900, noting that if dialed back to 85 knots, the aircraft can loiter for up to nine hours on station, and then “sprint to an area of opportunity.”
Chabbert also addressed the future of Daher’s product line, and how it will meet the proposed net-zero carbon emissions plans for the aviation industry by 2050.
“We don’t want to go out with any products that are not going to be an answer now to sustainability,” he said. “Now we cannot do big jumps, which is impossible. We have to count on technology—that’s why this program with [Daher’s] Eco-Pulse is very important to us.
“Today, I’m happy to report that these new aircraft, that are a much bigger size, carrying more, getting faster—it’s going to be using exactly the same amount of fuel over a Kodiak 100. So, we are not consuming more—we are using the exact same amount of fuel.”
Such efficiency—and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) across its fleet—means that Daher is making some of the incremental steps today that are critical to maintaining its place in the tightly contested single-engine turboprop market.
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Dassault has achieved civil aviation regulatory approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the installation of a dual head-up display (HUD) modification for its Falcon 8X business jet.
The EASA and FAA approvals were issued for FalconEye, developed by Elbit Systems and first certified as in a single HUD configuration on the Falcon 2000LXS/S and 900LX in 2016. FalconEye is the industry's first HUD to fuse separate synthetic database-driven terrain mapping and enhanced thermal and low-light camera images in the same display. It is also the first HUD to allow pilots to adjust the split between a synthetic vision system (SVS) and enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) imaging areas.
Carlos Brana, executive vice president, civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation, says the regulatory approval "results in enhanced safety and more capability for Falcons equipped with Dassault’s industry-first FalconEye technology."
Dassault also has plans for certifying the dual HUD option on the Falcon 6X, due to enter service mid-2023, and on the ultra-long range Falcon 10X, planned for certification in late 2025. Some 8X operators have already scheduled installations for the dual HUD modification.
The French business jet manufacturer also expects the dual HUD configuration to ultimately permit the use of "an EFVS-to-land capability in near zero-zero conditions, pending new EASA regulations."
The Airbus A330 MRTT has become the first tanker to be certified for automatic aerial refueling in daylight, the manufacturer announced on July 19, 2022, at Farnborough Airshow.
The certification was granted by the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA).
Called the Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling (A3R) capability, it aims to reduce the role of the air refueling operator (ARO) to monitoring the operation rather than carrying it out. The capability is part of a larger program called the SMART MRTT, a collaboration between Airbus and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
The program also included the development of “enhanced maintenance capabilities...allowing faster resolution of ground tasks, while providing the means for maximizing the efficient use of spare parts,” the manufacturer explained in a press release. The RSAF, which operates 6 Airbus A330 MRTT, will be the launch customer of this upgrade.
In April 2020, a flight test campaign carried out over the Atlantic Ocean involved an A330 MRTT tanker test aircraft equipped with the Airbus A3R system, and an F-16 fighter jet from the Portuguese Air Force acting as a receiver. According to the manufacturer, it was the world’s first automated in-flight aircraft refueling.
“Since then, we’ve achieved more aeronautical ‘world firsts’ thanks to the support of our customers, especially with the key participation of our partner the RSAF,” said Jean-Brice Dumont, head of Military Air Systems at Airbus Defence and Space. “The A330 MRTT continues to increase its technological advantage with superior air refueling capabilities.”
Airbus will continue the development of automated refueling solutions. Through its innovation subsidiary Airbus UpNext, it has launched the technology demonstrator Auto'Mate, which will focus on automating the tasks of the receiver aircraft. Beyond extending the range of manned aircraft, these technologies will be necessary to operate unmanned combat systems for longer missions.
Most sixth-generation fighter jets currently under development involve the deployment of a swarm of support drones to work conjointly with manned aircraft, extending both their targeting and striking range. Airbus was awarded the development of the so-called Remote Carriers as part of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), a ‘system of systems’ contracted by the authorities of France, Germany, and Spain.