A pre-buy inspection on an aircraft is your chance to research and investigate every aspect of your potential investment. The prebuy should include a thorough inspection of the mechanical as well as cosmetic condition of the aircraft. In addition, the legal status of the aircraft needs to be looked at. This includes ensuring that the FAA records on the aircraft are up to date. An often overlooked step of the pre-buy is investigating which STC’s are legally installed on the aircraft. This video discusses what to do if STC paperwork is missing.
In this episode, we share a few clips from our recent hour long webinar on aircraft purchasing. Listen in to hear Tom Haines, AOPA Sr. Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, AOPA Pilot, along with Rodney Martz, Sr. Aviation Technical Specialist, AOPA Pilot Information Center, discuss aircraft purchasing details.
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Adam Meredith, President of AOPA Aviation Finance, discusses the basics of obtaining financing for your dream aircraft.
What a privilege to own an aircraft! And, of course, along with the freedom it brings and the tremendous opportunities for both business and recreational travel, comes the responsibility to keep it flying.
Here are resources for pilots who have owned aircraft for many years, as well as for those looking to purchase their first aircraft. Check out the video on the prepurchase inspection and the two podcasts - one on the aircraft purchasing process and one on aircraft financing. Just click the links on this page to access them, or browse the other information on maintenance, inspections, flying clubs and more.
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AOPA Pilot Information Center
Vref - Use AOPA's aircraft evaluation service, provided by Vref, to perform an aircraft evaluation online. Find out about aircraft value, typical add-on equipment, performance and specs, and engine data.
Operating Costs Calculator - intended to help AOPA members complete an estimated operating cost calculation for a broadly defined group of aircraft. You will be asked a series of questions to guide you in the process of calculating operating costs for the aircraft you choose. When complete, you will be shown a detailed breakdown of operating expenses on an annual and per flight hour basis.
FAA N-Number Search
Aircraft Registration - The latest guidance on registering your aircraft and keeping its registration valid
The Pilot's Guide to Taxes - This guide discusses basic tax issues for general aviation aircraft owners and pilots, including income tax, sales and use tax, and personal property tax.
Flying Clubs - Starting a flying club, finding members, what's involved in managing a club, information related to insurance, safety, promotion and challenges
AOPA Classifieds - Search or add your own listing for aircraft, parts, accessories, services, and more. (Only AOPA members may post ads.)
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