Owning an aircraft is an exciting venture to embark on, but it’s common for the ebbs and flows of life to lead to the next chapter. Whether that chapter involves accommodating new flying habits or transitioning to a different passion, you’ll soon ask yourself, “How can I sell my aircraft?”
When considering each component involved in selling an aircraft, it’s easy to feel intimidated, especially if you’re newer to the market. Fortunately, we make the selling process simple! Below, we discuss the first steps in selling your aircraft including paperwork organization, maintenance, and cleaning.
How To Sell My Aircraft: The First 3 Steps
#1. Compiling & Organizing Paperwork
Selling an aircraft is no small feat. It’s a responsibility-laden process involving interested buyers and thorough documentation: every detail must be accounted for. From the day you buy your airplane, you are expected to complete and maintain mounds of paperwork including logbooks, maintenance records, and A.D. compliances.
One of the initial and most important steps in the selling process is to acquire and organize all paperwork, whether you do so by partnering with an aircraft brokerage selling independently.
To begin, draft and make copies of all documented records as the sale progresses. You must also acquire service, maintenance, and technological histories. If you have yet to list your aircraft for sale or are still considering the possibility, it’s best to stay proactive about organizing all the necessary papers for an efficient, seamless sale.
We understand this may pose as time consuming for personal and corporate schedules. Therefore, we recommend partnering with aviation brokerage services to work on your behalf of the selling process, ultimately saving you both time and money.
#2. Aircraft Maintenance
As dedicated as you are to your favorite bird, it’s no surprise the maintenance and upkeep you adamantly implemented will ultimately bolster the sale of your aircraft. Overhaul, inspection, and replacement alike ensure your aircraft complies with the highly regulated industry.
While preparing your aircraft for sale, conduct frequent aircraft and engine maintenance to ensure pristine functioning of significant mechanical and technical aspects of the plane. Additionally, examine and verify that interior parts are in great condition or replace as needed. Examples include installing new seals around fuel caps or mending upholstery.
Furthermore, both line maintenance checks and A, B, and C checks are essential for top performance and safety. Although these maintenance checks should be regularly completed, it’s also a mandatory step when selling your aircraft. Therefore, ensure the airworthiness of your aircraft as a whole and each mechanical instrument to guarantee a trustworthy sale.
#3. Cleaning & Detailing
With paperwork and maintenance well underway, the next step in selling your aircraft is to aesthetically prepare it for the market. First and foremost, complete a thorough inspection of your aircraft’s interior to remove all personal items or additional installations (not original to the aircraft and do not impact it’s safety or operation) that you do not intend to sell. Then, clean and detail the aircraft’s interior and exterior to highlight its pristine condition, allowing buyers to effortlessly envision this aircraft as their own.
To effectively clean your aircraft exterior, begin with a thorough wet wash to remove external debris. Then, to give a spot-free finish, protect the exterior paint with a wax application. Next, buff and polish the exterior to help seal the paint and reduce parasitic drag.
During this process, it is crucial to follow the following six aircraft detailing rules:
- Never use any type of power washer on an aircraft.
- Never use any household products, only specialty products.
- Be extremely careful with power buffers and avoid automotive orbital buffers.
- Always use the gentlest compound required to remove stains and oxidation.
- Take your time.
- Be sure to check the rules at your airport before you begin washing.
Upon cleaning the interior, be sure to pay special attention to thoroughly revitalizing and sanitizing high-touch areas in the aircraft cabin, including seats, windows, aisles, seat buckles, and the lavatory. Additionally, vacuum and dry-clean carpeting and upholstery, complete any stain removal where applicable, and condition any leather upholstery to have the cabin looking brand new. Finish it off with wood and trim polish, and your bird will be ready for its next owner!
Sell Your Aircraft with J.A. Air
Parting ways with your aircraft can be a challenging process with many steps, but we help make the process easy! At J.A. Air, we strive to provide you with incredible services and expertise to aid in your selling process.
From aircraft detailing services to aircraft maintenance to aircraft acquisition services, we get your plane sale-ready. You can enjoy the excitement of your next plane or jet without the hassle or stress it may involve getting there, thanks to our knowledgeable, licensed, and factory-trained team. Contact us today for inspection needs, repairs, maintenance, brokerage options, and detailing services. We are excited to assist with your new ventures, whether you’re looking to buy a new make or model or simply acquire a new transportation method.