Hot Air Balloon Insurance

Hot Air Balloon Insurance Providers

The following companies are known to provide hot air balloon insurance in the UK. We would like to add any additional companies that may be available.

RFIB (UK) Ltd
J. Bennet & Son (Insurance Brokers) Ltd
HSBC Insurance Brokers Limited (Aviation Devision)

We would be particularly like to hear from European Insurance Brokers, who specialize in hot air balloon insurance.

Background

European Union regulation EC 785/2004 came into force on the 21 April 2005 and prescribes the minimum insurance requirements that aircaft operators must hold.  This requirement also applies to hot air balloons operated in Europe.  The minimum insurance level requirements are based on the maximum take off weight (MTOW) of the balloon and the number of passengers carried.

Third Party Insurance

The value of the insurance is given in terms of Special Drawing rights (SDRs), which can be converted to the local currency. The table below lists the minimum third party insurance that is required based on the MTOW of the aircraft.  An approximate value in UKP (assuming 1.24 SDR to the UKP) and the approximate size of balloon that these relate to is also given, but these are subject to change, and must always be checked against actual exchange rates and the balloon flight manual.

 Cat MTOW [Kg]; SDR   UKP Size
 1  <500  750 000  600 000  17 - 42 000 ft3
 2  <1000  1 500 000  1 200 000  56 - 105 000 ft3
 3  <2700  3 000 000  2 400 000  105 - 275 000 ft3
 4  <6000  7 000 000  5 700 000 275 - 600 000 ft3
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Passenger Insurance

In addition to the third party insurance based on the MTOW additional insurance based on the number of passengers carried is also required.  The table below lists the minimum additional insurance required per passenger.

 Type  SDR UKP 
 MTOW < 2700 Kg & Non Commercial 100 000  203 000
 Commercial (any MTOW)  250 000  81 000