While the words CEO and flying may cause a little angst among some, the truth is that CEO’s are flying privately more often and whether that is on a corporately owned aircraft, a chartered jet, or their personally owned airplane, it is generally more efficient and cost effective to the company.

Life insurance underwriting for the pilot in all three of those scenarios is all over the board, but really that’s true of almost any underwriting topic other than the common cold. But private aviation and how different companies view it is about as diverse as you can get. While one company might give a private pilot preferred plus rates, another company will have them pay a flat extra fee for aviation coverage. Corporate pilots and charter pilots get the same wide variance in offers from best rate class to companies that really don’t want to cover them at all.

With the exception of airline pilots, underwriting of pilots really comes down to five primary questions.

1. Age of the pilot
2. Pilot rating – Commercial, private (IFR/VFR), or student
3. Total hours as pilot in command
4. Hours flown annually
5. Type of aircraft

Optimally the best rate class would go to someone over 26, IFR, 250+ total hours, 26-250 hours annually flying a proven, certified plane.

The truth is that private, student and commercial pilots can get very competitive rates and in most cases have the tough part of life insurance already whipped because they fall into that rare category of people who get regular physicals, so they actually know what their health is and it’s almost always good.

Bottom line. With good health being a given, even pilots that don’t meet the optimal criteria above can still get life insurance without paying a flat extra charge.