Articles on buying & selling aircraft

Written by Amanda Applegate

Closing Before the Aircraft Meets the Delivery Conditions

More often than I would have thought possible, buyers and sellers are motivated by a variety of reasons to close on the purchase and sale of a pre-owned aircraft before the aircraft meets the delivery conditions specified in the aircraft purchase ...

Emerging Consequences of a Seller’s Market for Business Aircraft

For nearly two years we have been in the most significant seller’s pre-owned aircraft market in recent memory and the consequences are beginning to surface in various ways. First, during this unprecedented seller’s market, some buyers, in order to be ...

Exclusive Charter Leases: Why the Lease Terms Matter

Over the past two years, the charter market has grown, and more people are flying privately than before the pandemic. One challenge facing charter operators is how to add more aircraft onto their Part 135 certificate in order to accept more charter ...

Purchasing an Aircraft with Maintenance Programs and Subscriptions: The Details Matter

Aircraft that are enrolled in maintenance and subscription programs, such as those covering airframes, engines, and maintenance tracking, are often more marketable and more valuable, than compared to aircraft that are not covered by such programs and ...

Sharing a Private Aircraft – A Possible Option for a 2022 Close

When sharing an aircraft, advanced planning and documentation can preserve the relationship of the parties and allow the ownership arrangement to outlive potential disputes. As I’ve described previously, this is an exceedingly difficult market for ...

Ukraine, Russian Sanctions – Once Again Highlight the Due Diligence Imperative

As the war in Ukraine continues, Russian sanctions appear to be something that will be part of the international economic stage for the foreseeable future. These sanctions seem to make it more likely we will see private aircraft owned or operated in ...

Using a Friend’s Aircraft: What is Allowable under FAA Regulations

In today’s private aviation market where charter availability is becoming more scarce, pre-owned inventory is at a historic low, and fractional and card programs have slowed down their sales; I am getting an increased number of questions related to ...

Finding a Preowned Aircraft in Today’s Market: A Needle in a Haystack

The challenge of historically low aircraft inventory is affecting many of my clients.  First time buyers are beyond frustrated that each time they identify an aircraft to purchase it is already under contract or there are no aircraft listed for sale ...

Importing An Aircraft Into the United States

As aircraft inventory has decreased in the United States, more people are looking at acquiring aircraft not currently on the US registry and moving them to the US.   While a cross border transaction can be more complicated, it may be necessary in ...

An Aircraft’s Final Sale

As more aircraft reach the end of their useful life, understanding the process for the final sale of an aircraft is becoming more important. If there are no buyers for an aircraft or if an aircraft is more valuable for its parts than as a whole unit, ...

Encouraging Aircraft Buyers to Have Patience – Trust the Process

In all types of transactions, you run into the phrase “time kills deals” and I actually believe that can be the case with aircraft purchases, especially when there is limited inventory, such as we are facing in certain aircraft categories in 2021. ...

Avoiding the Race to the Bottom in a Seller’s Market

Inventory for many aircraft type, especially those of newer vintage, is significantly lower than it has been in over a decade. Additionally, transaction volume has increased. As a result, as attractive and popular aircraft are listed for sale, ...

Cross Border Transactions During a Pandemic

During the global pandemic, many US based aircraft buyers are only considering US registered aircraft due to the logistical challenges caused by COVID-19. However, a willing buyer with an expert acquisition team may be able to find a better pedigreed ...

Aircraft Registration Numbers: Personalized Plates for Aircraft

First-time aircraft buyers looking at a potential acquisition may not realize that the registration number painted on the fuselage or vertical stabilizer of the aircraft can be changed and personalized by the new owner. “Tail numbers” – the name ...

Aircraft Acquisition: It Takes the Right Team

If I could meet every buyer before they start the aircraft acquisition process, I would give them the following advice: please put together a qualified, experienced purchasing team. The first member of the team is the aviation attorney. A legal ...

Preparing Your Aircraft for Sale

Once a decision has been made to sell an aircraft, there are certain steps that should be taken in order to make sure the aircraft is ready to be sold. By taking these steps in advance, you will make the sales process easier and will avoid losing a ...

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