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Time to buy?

Ownership will make you very happy indeed

Purchasing an aircraftcan be a daunting process.

Photography by Chris Rose
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Photography by Chris Rose

Determining what you want, what you can afford, and making the purchase is equally exciting and overwhelming. But just like earning your ticket, every step of the process is another step toward an ultimate goal. The pride and joy of ownership—whether the airplane is all yours or you share it with partners—cannot be measured. Like flying itself, the freedom is, well, liberating. You can fly when you want and where you want. The sky, my friend, is yours.

AOPA’s resources and AOPA Aviation Finance can help you every step of the way to find the best financing options for your needs. AOPA has been offering aircraft financing to its members for more than 20 years. Our goal is to make aircraft ownership more affordable and accessible to all pilots.

AOPA Aviation Finance offers a variety of loan structures including attractive fixed rates, five- to 20-year terms, and convenient auto-pay options as well as knowledgeable and friendly loan specialists you can trust to find the best terms for your financing needs.

Use AOPA’s resources online and in person to learn how to buy your aircraft. We have a dedicated site to assist you with everything from the prepurchase inspection to closing the deal. And there’s nothing better than speaking to an expert personally—call the specialists in the AOPA Pilot Information Center, many of whom are owners themselves.

Four steps to yours

Understand your financial picture
Buying an aircraft is more like buying a house than a car. Your budget needs to work within your financial situation.

Apply and get approved
Your account executive will be your best resource and will be with you every step of the way to purchasing your first aircraft.

Negotiate the purchase
Ensure you’re getting the right aircraft at the right price and that fits your budget. Learn what you need to know about aircraft valuations, the pre-purchase inspection, and the purchase and sales agreement.

Close on your aircraft
You are just a few steps away from owning your own aircraft. Make sure you don’t miss anything.

Julie Walker
Julie Summers Walker
AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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