Class Code: 7422

Per NCCI's Scopes Code Description:

Code 7422 applies to flying crew personnel such as pilots, copilots, instructor pilots, navigators and others whose duties are associated with the flight operation of fixed-wing aircraft. Such operations are encountered in connection with student pilot instruction, aerial advertising (including skywriting and sign towing), and the operation of lighter-than-air craft (balloons). This classification also applies to flying crew and photographers who are involved in aerial photography for mapping or survey work and the production of topographic maps. Even though photographers divide their time between flying and laboratory work, their entire payroll will be assigned to Code 7422.

Equipment and Materials:

•    Variety of aircraft

Additional Applications and Information:

Air ambulance operations conducted with fixed-wing aircraft are classified to Code 7422. Medical personnel, employed by the air ambulance, who accompany patients in-flight are considered to be members of the crew and are classified to Code 7422.

Related Operations Not Classified to Code 7422:

•    Nonflying ground support personnel, such as maintenance or service personnel, should be assigned to Code 7403.
•    Medical personnel who are not employed by the carrier and accompany patients in-flight are assigned to the appropriate medical provider classification.
•    With respect to aerial photography other than mapping or survey work, the payroll of the ground laboratory employees must be assigned to Code 4361—Photographer. Other ground support personnel, such as maintenance or servicing of the aircraft, will be assigned to Code 7403.
•    Newspaper photographers may occasionally be required to charter an aircraft to take aerial photographs for a news story. Under these circumstances, their payroll would continue to be assigned to Code 8742, the classification assigned to reporters in accordance with the footnote to Code 4304—Newspaper Publishing.

Certain Code 7422 operations are designated as “not otherwise classified” (NOC). These NOC operations are to apply to an insured only when no other classification more specifically describes the insured’s operations. The following is a representative list of classifications somewhat related in nature to Code 7422 operations that are not assigned to Code 7422:

Note:  The following all refer to flying crews of the indicated aircraft or helicopter operation(s):

•    7431—Air Charter or Air Taxi
•    7405—Air Carrier—Scheduled, Commuter, or Supplemental
•    7425—Helicopters
•    7420—Stunt Flying, Racing, or Parachute Jumping
•    7420—Aerial Application, Seeding, Herding, or Scintillometer Surveying
•    7421—Transportation of Personnel in Conduct of Employer’s Business

In addition to this representative list, one should review sources such as the alphabetical index in this manual to determine whether a classification other than Code 7422 or a classification other than one on the above list is applicable to the operations being reviewed for classification purposes.


(N/A NY, TX)

Note:  Separately rate helicopter flying crew to Code 7425. Separately rate all other employees and drivers.


Code 7422 is applicable to insureds that perform aerial patrol or photography work for others and specifically applies to the flying crew of fixed-wing aircraft. This classification also applies to persons who perform duties while airborne, such as camera operators or observers. Such airborne duties may be encountered in connection with occupations such as fish spotters for fishing fleets, surveying tracts of timber or checking on terrain for land developers, or aerial work incidental to traffic control activities for municipalities, thruway authorities, etc.


(N/A NY, TX)

Note:  Separately rate helicopter flying crew to Code 7425. Separately rate all other employees and drivers.


(N/A MA, NY, TX)

Note:  Code 7422 applies to flight test operations of aircraft other than helicopters. All helicopter operations are assigned to Code 7425. For prototype or experimental aircraft, assign exposure to the one aviation classification that best describes the nature of the aircraft being tested. Separately rate all other employees and drivers.

Rate per $100. of Renumeration: $ 0.97

Construction Exemption Required: No