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Buying an Aircraft

Resources to help with the aircraft purchase process

All you need to know - from the pre-purchase inspection to closing the deal

Video: The Prepurchase Inspection

A pre-buy inspection on an aircraft is your chance to research and investigate every aspect of your potential investment. The prebuy should include a thorough inspection of the mechanical as well as cosmetic condition of the aircraft. In addition, the legal status of the aircraft needs to be looked at. This includes ensuring that the FAA records on the aircraft are up to date. An often overlooked step of the pre-buy is investigating which STC’s are legally installed on the aircraft. This video discusses what to do if STC paperwork is missing.

VREF—Know the Value

Use AOPA's aircraft valuation service, provided by VREF, to perform an aircraft valuation online. Find out about:

  • Aircraft value
  • Typical add-on equipment
  • Performance and specs
  • Engine data

VREF Aircraft Valuation

Tips on Buying Used Aircraft

buying an aircraft


The purchase of an aircraft is a major commitment that should be carefully considered. This is especially important when buying a used aircraft. Before considering a purchase, read these tips on buying a used aircraft.

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Forms for Buying and Selling Aircraft