January 2009

Dear Gretchen,

Your copy of Aircraft Builders Council News has arrived!

Aircraft Builders Council News

ABC News
President's Message
David McClain, ABC President

The ABC Board of Trustees would like to extend its thanks to the outstanding speakers and record number of participants attending our Fall Conference, September 21-23 in San Francisco. The Conference showcased an impressive array of speakers from across the aviation industry – including Boeing, Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman, Virgin Atlantic and our lead underwriters. You can view the presentations on the ABC website (Click here). There is already talk of making Stephen Carver an honorary member of the ABC in recognition of his brilliant (and remarkably entertaining) discussion of the foibles of risk management colliding with the corporate mindset. If you missed his presentation, I strongly encourage you to view it on the website.  

ABC Brokers Committee News
ABC Brokers Committee

The ABC London Office and the ABC Program were successfully transferred to Cooper Gay from Benfield  with Cooper Gay & Co Ltd becoming the new ABC co-ordinating broker from October. Initial teething problems were kept to a minimum due to the resources made available by both Cooper Gay and Benfield.

The ABC 2009 Annual Conference Scheduled for September
Aircraft Builders Council, Inc.
The 2009 Aircraft Builders Council Annual Conference will take place September 20-22 at The Reniassance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells, CA. Click here to see a fact sheet about the hotel, which outlines amenities, parking information, recommended restaurants and more.  

Reservations can be made by clicking here or calling toll-free (800) 468-3571 or phone (760) 773-4444. Be sure to mention you're with the Aircraft Builders Council conference to obtain the conference rate of $175 plus tax per single/double room.

More Industry News
Brokers Mostly Confident In AIG, Survey Finds
National Underwriter Company
Daniel Hays
A survey of insurance brokers has found them more confident than risk managers about the financial security of American International Group commercial insurance units.

Turbulence ahead for aviation insurance market
Lloyd's of London
The news that a Qantas airliner had to make an emergency landing in Western Australia en route from Singapore after 36 passengers were injured by turbulence will add to the headaches already being suffered by airlines and their insurers.

Insurance industry influences the climate change debate
Lloyd's of London
Over 100 representatives from the financial services sector met at Lloyd’s on 24 November to listen to what the insurance industry has been doing to combat climate change.

In its first year, the ClimateWise principles have led to the insurers increasing their influence in the climate change debate, and raising awareness among customers of the issue.

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