Buying an aircraft? AOPA is here to help

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Have you just started looking for the perfect plane? These AOPA resources can help you find aircraft with the capabilities, performance, and features that fit the type of flying you plan to fly.

AOPA Aircraft Manual

The AOPA Aircraft Guide lists more than 88 aircraft currently in production and includes overviews of model, specifications, performance, and airspeed. Use the AOPA Aircraft guide to find the perfect plane for you.

Operating cost calculator

The AOPA Operating Cost Calculator is designed to help AOPA members estimate the operating cost of a wide variety of aircraft by considering each cost area and determining annual and hourly expenses.

Consider a used aircraft or sell your current aircraft

Tips on buying used planes

Purchasing an aircraft is a major investment that must be carefully considered. The tips and resources found here, if taken seriously, can help you feel confident and ready to make your purchase.

First time buyers

The AOPA Guide for First Time Buyers can help you set a realistic budget, apply and get approval for financing, negotiate your purchase, and close your first plane!

VREF الطائرات aircraft evaluation

The AOPA Aircraft Valuation Service can be used as a starting point that provides guidance on the retail value of the selected aircraft, based in part on equipment, time since repair, and other important factors.

funding resources

AOPA Aviation Finance can help get aircraft loans, lower the interest rate, and even upgrade to a more advanced aircraft!

Buying for Business

Purchasing an aircraft for business travel requires a thorough understanding of the factors that may affect the purchasing process. Working with experienced aviation professionals, such as the AOPA Aviation Finance team, can help you every step of the way.

Upgrade to a more advanced aircraft

Are you ready to move to a more advanced plane but not sure how many planes you need? This resource goes into upgrading from your first aircraft and finding the perfect aircraft for your needs, a multi-engine piston versus an entry-level turboprop, and the purchase of your first aircraft.

Get pre-approved

Getting pre-approved for an airplane loan can help you narrow your search and avoid frustration when finding that perfect plane. Find out if a pre-approval makes sense for you.

Know before you buy

Pre-purchase check

Advance Purchase (sometimes referred to as ‘Advance Purchase’) is your chance to learn everything you need to know about your potential investment. From a thorough inspection of the mechanical and cosmetic condition to the legal status of the aircraft, advance purchase will ensure that your aircraft is airworthy and give you peace of mind.

For more information on pre-purchase inspections:

Check out this video: “Advance Purchase Check: STC”

What to do and what not to do in pre-purchase checks

Aircraft Insurance, Title and Warranty Services

Aircraft Title and Warranty Services – Aerospace Reports

AOPA’s strategic partner, Aero-Space Reports, a leader in the aviation address industry for more than 50 years, provides aircraft ownership and warranty services to AOPA members at a discounted rate.

Aircraft Insurance – AssuredPartners Aerospace

AssuredPartners Aerospace represents the collective talent and experience of the leading insurance brokerages in the general aviation industry and their employees. AssuredPartners Aerospace provides insurance to aircraft owner and charterer, CFI, Aviation Club, corporate aircraft, aviation business, and lakeshore aircraft insurance.

Reminder to members: Stay up-to-date with your premiums and don’t let your insurance policies run out.

Helpful checklists and resources

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