It’s a buyer’s market. Markets for both new and used aircraft have begun to stabilize after a low in 2009, but sales are still slow. If you’re looking to buy, you might walk away with a bargain.
If you’re thinking of buying your first aircraft or stepping up to a higher-end model, find out how to navigate the buying process and get tips on making the most of ownership at AOPA Aviation Summit Nov. 11 through 13 in Long Beach, Calif.
Lifetime renters may decide to seize the day equipped with tips they learn from “Buying Your First Airplane” Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines will share his experiences from buying nearly 20 airplanes and give tips on defining your mission, justification, inspections, financing, taxes, and insurance.
Investing in an aircraft as a business tool may also be a smart financial decision. Owners who use their personal airplane for business can learn how to write off expenses, and businesses can learn about other advantages of owning in “Tax Benefits of Aircraft Ownership” Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Learn about moving up to a turbine aircraft Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Current owners can get the most out of their aircraft by “Recognizing and Dealing with Maintenance Gotchas.” This forum, hosted by JetBlue Airways pilot Adrian Eichhorn Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m., provides information about annual inspections, owner-performed maintenance, and how to become your own “director of maintenance.”
Register for Summit today to take advantage of these forums and more! —AOPA ePublishing staff