October 28, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
It’s a buyer’s market. Markets for both new and used aircraft have begun to stabilize after a low in 2009, but sales are still slow. If you’re looking to buy, you might walk away with a bargain.
If you’re thinking of buying your first aircraft or stepping up to a higher-end model, find out how to navigate the buying process and get tips on making the most of ownership at AOPA Aviation Summit Nov. 11 through 13 in Long Beach, Calif.
Lifetime renters may decide to seize the day equipped with tips they learn from “Buying Your First Airplane” Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines will share his experiences from buying nearly 20 airplanes and give tips on defining your mission, justification, inspections, financing, taxes, and insurance.
Investing in an aircraft as a business tool may also be a smart financial decision. Owners who use their personal airplane for business can learn how to write off expenses, and businesses can learn about other advantages of owning in “Tax Benefits of Aircraft Ownership” Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Learn about moving up to a turbine aircraft Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Current owners can get the most out of their aircraft by “Recognizing and Dealing with Maintenance Gotchas.” This forum, hosted by JetBlue Airways pilot Adrian Eichhorn Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m., provides information about annual inspections, owner-performed maintenance, and how to become your own “director of maintenance.”
Register for Summit today to take advantage of these forums and more! —AOPA ePublishing staff
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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