Category Archives: Aerospace

How Dangerous Is It To Ship Lithium Batteries?

  With new legislation pending, the aviation industry is focusing its attention on the carriage of lithium batteries, judging by discussions at the annual Willis Aviation Conference in Singapore this week. Increasing Regulation Last month, air-safety regulators, accident investigators and … Continue reading →

Martin Stevens, Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Aerospace, AIG, Reflects on the Highs and Lows of the Aviation Insurance Industry

Many have called Martin Stevens the father of the modern aviation insurance market. Martin has certainly been a major architect in that market, having led the AIG’s aviation business since 1987, building it into a major leader of some of … Continue reading →

Drones: Safety Considerations and Potential Liability Concerns

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The proliferation of drones and the ever-increasing role they play in commercial endeavors has left governments, commercial aviation, insurance carriers and the general public scrambling for guidance on legal requirements and rights/responsibilities. Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2015

Scariest Risks of 2015

As Halloween approaches and darkness falls earlier every day, we at WillisWire find ourselves reflecting not on make-believe monsters but on the frightening real risks our clients faced during the year. Thirteen of our bloggers submitted what they thought were … Continue reading →

The Dichotomy of Drones

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The risks posed by the emergence of drone technology are finding their way onto the reinsurance agenda, particularly for the aviation and casualty markets. However, drone use is also fast emerging as key to driving disaster response and mitigation. Continue reading →

How Big a Problem is Airline Hacking?

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Another cyber-attack against a national airline has once again exposed the vulnerability of the aviation sector to criminal hackers and their paymasters. Continue reading →

Aviation Insurance Experts Describe Key Market Forces

IATA insurer collage

Earlier this I year I spoke with leaders of the aviation insurance industry about the implications of recent trends and market forces affecting the sector. They spoke to me of abundant capacity, consolidation, and more. Continue reading →

VIDEO: Asia Aviation Sector Is Taking Off

Willis-IATA-AAPA Aviation Insurance Conference: Interviewee collage

In this video from the Willis-IATA-AAPA Aviation Insurance Conference in Hong Kong earlier this year, aviation experts from across the region describe the huge opportunity that Asia represents for the sector. Continue reading →

Pilot Training is a Top Priority for Asian Airlines

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Chris Kempis, chief pilot of the Airbus Fleet at Cathay Pacific Airlines, and I spoke about airline safety earlier this year in Hong Kong.  In that conversation (videotaped here), he said that safely transporting dangerous goods and maintaining a highly … Continue reading →

No Flight of Fancy – Real World Examples of Aviation Cyber Vulnerabilities

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Headlines about aircraft platform cyber vulnerabilities inevitably grab our attention, and the current furor created by the FBI investigation of Chris Roberts, who reportedly hacked an airplane in flight, quite rightly focuses the mind upon platform vulnerabilities. However, airline operators … Continue reading →