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Buying an aircraft is not only exciting, it’s expensive. Even a 10-year-old Cessna can cost more than the average home. When buying a used aircraft, there are many things to consider, from the model to the maintenance log and more.
Thinking of all the items you need to look at on the aircraft itself, the future inspections, and what to budget for repairs and maintenance can be intimidating, but putting together a list of what to check can keep you from forgetting things. In addition, having an experienced buyer on your side is invaluable, not only for inspecting the aircraft, but in negotiations for the purchase.
What to Consider When Buying Used Aircraft
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Safety. It’s the driving force behind every Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation, the reason for every requirement put upon aircraft owners, why pilots must put in thousands of hours of training, and the purpose of every aircraft maintenance crew.
When they talk about safety, regardless of who it is, the goal is the same—to keep passengers and the flight crew safe. Sometimes that talk is about penalties for failure to follow regulations, in hopes that the party being fined doesn’t make the same mistake a second time.
“Maintaining the highest levels of safety depends on operators closely following all applicable rules and regulations,” said FAA Administr... read more
In the Pursuit of Dreams – Dreams Take Flight
On August 27, 2018 Allen J. Maddock achieved something very special in his young aviation career – his first jet charter trip as a crew member. The stuff of dreams does not just happen – it comes from hard work, education, training, dedication, and setting goals.
Allen started his pursuit of an aviation career by coming to work for JA Air Center as a line man fueling aircraft and performing other line services in 2010. He had several great rol... read more
Congratulations to Alan Galle on passing his Instrument checkride!... read more