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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.

Quicksilver SLSA official

Article | Apr 30, 2014

Quicksilver has received final FAA approval to begin selling its two-seat trike, the Sport S2SE, as a factory-built special light sport aircraft.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

Common myths surrounding aircraft financing

Article | Mar 28, 2014

Myth #1- It is always cheaper to pay cash. Whether pilots empty their checking/savings account or the stash under their mattress to buy their dream aircraft, they ignore the age-old axiom: “Cash is king.”

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.

Redbird looks back on $1 avgas experiment

Article | Oct 17, 2013

Redbird Skyport pumped almost 90,000 gallons of avgas during its 15-day experiment selling fuel for $1 per gallon.

Redbird calls early halt to $1 avgas sales

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Redbird Skyport will end its much-publicized experiment selling $1-per-gallon avgas 16 days earlier than planned.

Famous Pilots: Lynda Meeks

Article | Jul 26, 2013

Lynda Meeks struggled to find her nieces clothes with airplane pictures in pink, instead of the usual boy colors.

Building a better chart

Article | Jul 15, 2013

Starting July 1, the FAA stopped selling sectional chart subscriptions, requiring any pilot who wants to ensure uninterrupted access to current charts to search elsewhere. Duracharts thinks it has the answer with its beefed-up charts that are now available by subscription.

Tips for selling an aircraft

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Aircraft sellers can benefit from tips and AOPA resources to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Buying an aircraft: ‘As is’ can cause a lot of pain

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Kathy Yodice Attorney, Counsel to AOPA Former FAA attorney Has assisted AOPA members for more than 13 years Pilot since 1994, owns a Cherokee 180 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Buying an aircraft: ‘As is’ can cause a lot of pain In aviation, we see many terms. One that I find can often be misunderstood or subject to interpretation and debate is the term “as is,” and it is a term commonly used in aviation sales and lease transactions, whether it’s an airplane, an instrument, or a hangar.

Sun ’n Fun attendance up

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Sun ’n Fun President John “Lites” Leenhouts announced April 12—the fourth day of the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo—that attendance is up 5 percent over the past two years. “The camping area is packed, vendors tell me merchandise is selling, and we’ve got lots of airplanes,” he said.

Troubling aircraft title issues

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Ron Golden Attorney, Counsel to AOPA More than 30 years of aviation legal experience Serves on the Board of Directors, Seaplane Pilots Association Pilot since 1975, owns a Cessna Cardinal RG PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Troubling aircraft title issues Buying or selling an aircraft? Be careful. Over the years, we become complacent.

Best-selling author injured in aircraft accident

Article | Sep 01, 2012

Pilot and author Richard Bach is in serious condition, according to media reports, after his aircraft reportedly crashed while attempting to land in Washington State.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Purchasing - there's help for you here

Article | Aug 01, 2012

This time of year there's a lot of talk about buying and selling aircraft. For some members, it's a first-time purchase. Others are selling what they own to buy something bigger and faster. And some don't want to go fast anymore and are downsizing from a family-sized flying machine to a two-seater, kicking back to fly low and enjoy the scenery. Whatever your dreams are concerning aircraft ownership, AOPA has the resources to help you - both with your initial purchase as well as with your ongoing experience as an aircraft owner.

Hawker issues broad outline of reorganization

Article | Jul 03, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft has filed a broad outline of its reorganization plan with the federal bankruptcy court for the southern district of New York. Two-thirds of the company's 18 creditors agreed to the plan in advance, and now it is up to the court to approve it or send it back. The possibility of selling the company to a new owner now plays a greater role than company officials had indicated in past statements.

Avionics: A CO detector that navigates

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

First, the GPS swallowed the radios, and then it ate the transponder and audio panel. Next, audio panels fought back by consuming com radios, and some headsets became mobile phones.

Avionics pioneer Edward King Jr. dies

Article | Jun 07, 2012

As a pilot, Edward King Jr. wasn't satisfied with the radios in airplanes, so he invented better ones. The entrepreneur launched Communications Accessories Corp. in 1948 and sold it to Collins Radio Corp. in 1956. He later founded King Radio in 1959, selling it to Allied Signal/Bendix Aerospace in 1985. King died June 3; he was 90 years old.

Politician’s bid to close Pa. airport growing costly

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

Pennsylvania's Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport is federally obligated to remain open in perpetuity and it boasts an annual economic impact of $10.5 million. So, how could it face the threat of closure?

Rebirth of the Pioneer RV

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Dick VanGrunsven’s first airplane returns to the skies.

LSA financing options abound for individuals

Article | Jan 25, 2012

For well-qualified individual buyers, financing a light sport aircraft purchase is no different from financing a certified aircraft, provided the light sport in question is one of the top-selling and established brands. But flight schools face financing challenges.

Renter no more

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

You know those “Win Me” airplane raffles that groups around the country hold from time to time? The ones where they sell only 2,500 tickets to assure you a better chance of winning? I’ve bought a couple of those tickets. You know the airplane that EAA raffles off at AirVenture each year? The one with the announcer who hawks the tickets over a loudspeaker? I’ve bought more than a couple of those tickets.

Profile: Stuart Woods

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Stuart Woods, a best-selling mystery writer with 46 books published and more on the way, can churn out a chapter in an hour and spend the rest of the day on a restored antique boat somewhere. That "somewhere" could be in Maine, New York, or Key West, Florida. Woods found public acclaim with "Chiefs" in 1981 and stays on the New York Times bestseller list with his Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. Like many popular authors, Woods' name appears on the cover of his books in larger type than the title. His latest book is "Bel-Air Dead." His publisher dictates mandatory nationwide book tours, but, "If I had to fly the airlines, I wouldn't do book tours," Woods said. "I like landing, backing the car up to the airplane, and we drive away. That's my idea of travel," he said.

Found: AOPA’s sweepstakes Cessna 182

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Whew! After a hunt lasting two months, we finally found our 2011 sweepstakes airplane. The Crossover Classic-to-be is a 1974 Cessna 182P; it lived at the Middletown, Ohio, Regional Airport (MWO) and belonged to Thomas C. Wortley, a local businessman. As a restoration project, this airplane is near perfect, with just 1,754.6 total hours on the airframe, long-range fuel tanks, a recently overhauled engine, and an original Cessna/ARC instrument panel, with two exceptions: Garmin’s GMA 340 audio panel and SL30 nav/com.