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Missouri Cub Scouts learn aviation at Zenith day camp

Article | Jun 15, 2015

More than one hundred Missouri Cub Scouts climbed into cockpits, pulled rivets, and learned about aviation from pilot and Zenith Aircraft Co. President Sebastien Heintz.

Aircraft loans now offered to AOPA members in Alaska, Hawaii

Article | Apr 22, 2015

AOPA Aviation Finance Co. now offers members in Alaska and Hawaii competitive aircraft loans that were previously difficult to acquire.

Consider a flexible aviation loan for your next aircraft purchase

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Traditional aircraft loans are secured by an aircraft; that’s what buyers are used to. But a flexible aviation loan may be a better option for you. Before you make that decision, you need to know the differences.

NY tax exemption saves aircraft owners thousands

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

New Yorkers who are considering buying an aircraft that will be based in the state can save at least 4 percent starting Sept. 1 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption as part of the new state budget.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

The Piper PA–28-140 Cherokee Cruiser is part of a large family ranging from two-seaters to four, and 140 horsepower to 160.

Five good reasons to say yes to a business aircraft

Article | Apr 02, 2015

AOPA Aviation Finance Co. offers members five reasons why buying a business aircraft is a good idea.

Why a Pre Purchase Inspection is Crucial

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Avoiding a pre-purchase inspection could be one of the worst – and most costly – decisions you’ll ever make.

What will your airplane really cost?

Article | Mar 23, 2015

When negotiating the price of buying an airplane, it’s easy to get so caught up on the purchase price that other costs associated with aircraft ownership get neglected.

AOPA Finance Made It Easy for Me

Article | Mar 20, 2015

AOPA member says he would recommend AOPA Aviation Finance to anyone considering an airplane purchase.

AOPA Member Says, "Thanks AOPA!"

Article | Mar 19, 2015

Despite a challending credit history, AOPA member, Jorge Gonzalez was able to obtain aircraft financing for his Experimental LSA with the help of AOPA Finance Company.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Funky is the best term to describe an Aeronca Champ.

AOPA offers flying club aircraft financing

Article | Jan 28, 2015

AOPA is offering special aircraft financing for flying clubs as a way to help new flying clubs acquire quality aircraft while aiding existing clubs that want to expand their fleets.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

Buyer's market

Article | Dec 10, 2014

It is still a tough market for selling used aircraft, but about as good as it gets for those looking to buy.

Expo expands focus

Article | Dec 09, 2014

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is expanding in 2015 with new exhibitors and a dedicated area for used aircraft sales by private owners.

Aircraft valuation: What’s in a number?

Article | Dec 09, 2014

What’s an airplane worth? When a business aircraft buyer comes to a bank for financing, the bank may call in someone like American Society of Appraisers Senior Accredited Appraiser Richard Berkemeier for a valuation.

Financing, insurance options offered for ‘Reimagined Aircraft’

Article | Jul 30, 2014

As part of AOPA’s “Reimagined Aircraft” effort to open the door to flying and aircraft ownership for more people by refurbishing older aircraft and putting them in a flying club or partnership, the association is offering financing and insurance options.

House passes bill to make tax break permanent

Advocacy | Jul 15, 2014

The House has passed a bill to renew and make permanent a tax break affecting some business purchases of aircraft.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Purchasing

Article | May 16, 2014

AOPA has an assortment of helpful resources for those looking to purchase an aircraft, including the help of insurance experts in AOPA Insurance Services and help with financing through AOPA Financing Company, LLC.

Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 10, 2014

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.

Financing an aircraft? Six reasons to call a broker

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Find out the six benefits of using an aircraft finance broker to help you find the right financing for your aircraft purchase.

AOPA Strategic Partner Aero-Space Reports teams with BiddingAce

Article | Mar 19, 2014

Aero-Space Reports, an AOPA Strategic Partner, will be the exclusive escrow company for BiddingAce, which offers a new type of website for listing and selling general aviation aircraft.

COURT DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

News release | Feb 14, 2014

In a landmark decision yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

AOPA AND NBAA FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

News release | Feb 10, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in support of a Federal Aviation Administration motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the future of Santa Monica, Calif., Municipal Airport.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

Aircraft buyers beware phishing scam

Article | Dec 10, 2013

AOPA has been notified of several incidences where an alleged aircraft seller claims the sale and transaction of an aircraft will occur through an “AOPA Escrow Service.” This is a phishing scam that appears to be originating out of the U.K.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Texas-based partnership perfect fit for pilot

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality.

Three reasons an LLC may be right for you when buying an aircraft

Article | Aug 06, 2013

You have probably noticed the initials LLC on your lawyer's or other professional's business card. What you may not have considered is that an LLC may be the best way to go if you are buying an airplane in partnership with another person or group of people.

Foundation Focus: Donating your aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

There may come a day when your trusty airplane, the one that took you on so many memory-making journeys, just isn’t such a big part of your life anymore. Once upon a time, you both spent hours together—visiting new places, making new friends, visiting old ones, and seeing the world from new heights. But now, for one reason or another, you simply aren’t putting her to good use, and so there she sits gathering dust in the hangar. Not only is this a nonproductive asset, it’s deteriorating! Aircraft, like people, like to be engaged. So, what to do?

News and Notes: All in one place

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The countdown is on: less than three months until AOPA Aviation Summit 2013, October 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. “The exhibit hall is filling up fast and we are adding new exhibitors daily,” says Liz Tarver, AOPA exhibit sales manager.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

RedHawk Cessna 172 debuts

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Redbird is best known for its simulators, but now it's moving into the airplane business.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.