What aircraft is right for me?

Too many pilots fall into the trap of shopping for an airplane that fits their hoped-for mission, not their real mission. They find out—too late and after the papers have been signed—that they “overbought” an airplane that will sit, underutilized. Instead, use the “90% rule”: Shop for an airplane that meets your needs 90% of the time, and rent for the other 10%. A six-seater that you’re considering for family vacations probably will carry just you and a friend most of the time. Realistically list what you’ll do with your airplane, and how often. The money you’ll save by purchasing the right plane will pay for years of “10% rentals.”

Why is important to test-fly an aircraft before buying it?

When you begin to look at and test-fly potential aircraft in person, it would be wise to take along a trusted aircraft maintenance technician or A&P mechanic. They’ll be helpful when it comes to test flying the aircraft, since they know how to look for certain engine and handling characteristics. If you can’t take a mechanic with you on the first visit, make sure you have the aircraft inspected thoroughly at some point before you purchase it. You’ll want to do a thorough preflight inspection yourself, being sure to look for signs of corrosion or other obvious signs of neglect like broken antennas or worn tires.

What about insuring an aircraft?

Maneuvering your way through the insurance process can be a daunting task. While you might want to put this off until the last minute, it might be in your best interest to begin the process sooner rather than later. Insurance companies typically set the requirements and premiums based on the type of airplane and pilot qualifications. So if you know you’ll be purchasing a Cessna 172, you can probably get started with the process of obtaining insurance.

What aircraft are eligible for registration in the United States?

Eligibility is defined in Chapter 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 47. You can learn more about aircraft registration on our Register an Aircraft page.

What should I consider when buying a surplus military aircraft?

Certain surplus military aircraft are not eligible for FAA airworthiness certification in the standard, restricted, or limited classifications. Since you can’t fly civil aircraft unless it’s certificated as airworthy, you should discuss this with an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) at your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). This person can advise you on airworthiness certification procedures. An additional source for advice on amateur-built and surplus military aircraft is the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), located in Oshkosh, WI. You can reach them at (414) 426-4800.

How do I search aircraft records?

The Aircraft Registration Inquiry contains aircraft registration information. You can also order individual aircraft records by mail, fax, or request copies of aircraft records online.

What is aircraft airworthy?

In order to state the plane is airworthy you must be able to show that all AD’s have been complied with and that the aircraft is within annual (or 100 hour) inspection; these proofs are typically found in the logbook so no, without the logbook your aircraft is probably not airworthy.

Do you offer financing?

No, unfortunately at this moment we do not offer financing.

Do you service the aircrafts before sale?

Absolutely. All our aircraft are totally serviced from top to bottom and we guarantee the air worthiness of the aircrafts we sell. All our aircrafts comes with the log books updated with maintenance and service history.