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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

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.