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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.

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.

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.

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.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft theft insurance

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Imagine your shock if you walked into your hangar and saw that it was empty. Your airplane was missing.

Thrust buster: Sierra Super S–II

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Turbine Pilot Special Edition Thrust buster: Sierra’s new Citation Super S–II Go time: Climbing from one takeoff segment to another Performance calculations: One manufacturer’s approach TOLD you so: Calculating takeoff and landing data Flying in the wild, wild West: Where the airplane is an important tool Simulating reality: Tips for acing your next training session Cessna built some 1,700-plus older Cessna Citations, and many of them are still out there paying their way. These are the Citations that established the line as one of the all-time, hands-down bestsellers.

Answers for Pilots: Selling an aircraft across the border

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Calls have jumped in AOPA's Pilot Information Center concerning U.S. aircraft sales to international buyers. Questions typically involve helping the seller understand what is involved in exporting an aircraft. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. AOPA is here to help! We’ll discuss a few of the most important aspects of the exporting process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Resolve to protect your certificate with the AOPA Legal Services Plan It’s that time of year again and we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions. There is one resolution that’s both essential and easy to keep—protecting your pilot certificate.

Member Guide

Article | Oct 01, 2008

Want to sell your aircraft? Thinking about selling your aircraft in order to buy another one? AOPA has numerous online resources to help you with both transactions. Start with AOPA’s Vref, a free resource for calculating ballpark market price that can be customized for each airplane.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Flying the High Country Alton Marsh sold me an aircraft (“Flying the High Country,” April AOPA Pilot). When I saw that beautiful American Champion High Country on the cover, I turned immediately to his article.

Member Guide

Article | May 01, 2008

Vref If you are looking into buying or selling an aircraft, you have a tremendous free resource as part of your AOPA membership—the Vref aircraft valuation service. Vref is a great starting point when attempting to determine the general retail value of an airplane.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Tips for the savvy seller So, you're thinking about selling your airplane? It's often a tough decision. But when you've made up your mind to sell, here are some tips to smooth the experience.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Obtaining insurance for very light jets Purchasing liability insurance for sophisticated aircraft is challenging for the owner-pilot who wants more than minimal coverage. Consider the case of an instrument-rated owner-pilot in his mid-50s with about 800 hours' total time who purchased a new Garmin G1000-equipped light twin, his first multiengine aircraft.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Determining an aircraft's value When making a large purchase such as an airplane, price is often one of the first items discussed. And why not? When you're shelling out anywhere from $20,000 on up, price is usually a major concern.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

When the two pilots who last May mistakenly flew deep into the Air Defense Identification Zone surrounding Washington, D.C., were forced to land at Frederick, Maryland, AOPA's headquarters, the airport instantly became the focus of worldwide media and the two pilots became the two most famous — or infamous — aviators on the planet. Several AOPA staff members, including AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Your last chance! December is the last month to join or renew your membership in general aviation's largest membership organization and to be automatically entered in the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. One lucky pilot will win the completely refurbished Rockwell Commander 112A.

Budget Buy

Article | Nov 01, 2005

The Aeronca Sedan is a 1940s four-placer that is comfortable anywhere Had the gears of fate meshed differently, the best-selling civilian airplane in history might have been an outgrowth of the Aeronca 15-AC Sedan, instead of its contemporary and competitor, the Cessna 170. Indeed, but for critical decisions made by companies facing the financial abyss when the post-World War II aviation boom went bust, it might be Cessna, not Aeronca, which today makes high-quality thrust reversers and other aircraft components rather than complete airplanes.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Pilot and journalist Barry Schiff is an outspoken advocate for general aviation. Boat owners often claim that two of their happiest days are when they buy their boat and when they sell it.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Mooney gets back on its feet Mooney Aerospace Group will be back to focusing on building and selling airplanes after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved a reorganization plan, company officials said.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

After being involved in several different businesses, my last 24 years of working before retirement were spent in aviation, operating an FBO at the Hillsboro, Oregon, airport (now Portland-Hillsboro). When not overseeing employees and attending to other aspects of the business, my most enjoyable experience was selling new and used airplanes.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

NACO charts on DVD, online The National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO), a division of the FAA, is now selling sectional and terminal area charts on DVD. Three different DVDs are issued every 28-day revision period.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Buying an airplane? Let AOPA Ownership Services help Whether you're buying or selling an airplane, or improving the aircraft that you already have, AOPA Member Products allows you to take advantage of exclusive members-only discounts. AOPA Member Products provides financing, insurance, and title services tailored specifically to meet the needs of aircraft owners.

Selling Your Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

An ideal airplane sale should be relatively painless. But many owners have real problems selling their airplanes.

Alan and Dale's Excellent Idea

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

You can hear it when you talk to a Cirrus employee. It's evident in the professional salespeople who have jumped aboard the Cirrus bandwagon, and it's prompted a number of industry experts to pick up their families and move to Duluth, Minnesota.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

AOPA ONLINE A form for everything Looking to renew your AOPA membership? Want to make a contribution to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation? Need to file a NASA form? Planning a trip to the Bahamas? Selling your airplane? AOPA Online can help with an exhaustive list of links to the various forms pilots may need or want. Getting ready for your medical renewal? Here's the link to TurboMedical, AOPA's exclusive preparatory medical form that can identify red flags before you submit your application to the FAA.