Industry News

November 1998 Issue

Keep Me Covered

The insurance companies are getting jittery about Y2K and GPS rollover.

Itís New Yearís eve 2000, the dawn of the great millennium and youíve been tooling around the city sky line watching all the swell fireworks.

After you land back at homebase the taxiway lights suddenly flicker and go black, you get momentarily lost and chop up several light stanchions, hurling blue glass into the crisp night air. Damn, you mutter; Iím in for an engine teardown.

So you call your insurance agent at home on New Yearís morning and report the bad news. No problem, he says, heíll call you on Monday with claim information. Unfortunately, when Monday rolls around, the news gets worse. Youíre not covered.

Turns out the taxiway lights were controlled by an airport computer th...

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