Buy an airplane? AOPA is here to help


To start

Have you just started your search for the perfect plane? These AOPA resources can help you find aircraft with the right capabilities, performance, and features for the type of flight you plan to do.

AOPA Aircraft Guide

The AOPA Aircraft Guide lists over 88 aircraft currently in production and includes overviews of models, specifications, performance and airspeeds. Use the AOPA Aircraft Guide to find the perfect aircraft for you.

Operating cost calculator

The AOPA Operating Cost Calculator is designed to help AOPA members estimate the operating costs of a wide range of aircraft by examining each cost area and calculating annual expenses and per hour of flight.

Consider a used aircraft or sell your current aircraft

Advice on buying used aircraft

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

The first buyers

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

VREF Aircraft Assessment

The AOPA Aircraft Appraisal Service can be used as a starting point to provide indications of the retail value of selected aircraft, in part based on equipment, time since overhaul and d other important factors.

Funding resources

AOPA aeronautical financing can help you get plane loans, lower your interest rate, and even upgrade to a more sophisticated plane!

Purchases for business

Buying an aircraft for business travel requires a thorough understanding of the factors that could affect your purchase. Working with experienced aviation professionals, like the AOPA Aviation Finance team, can help you every step of the way.

Upgrade to a more sophisticated aircraft

Ready to board a more sophisticated plane, but don’t know how many planes you need? This resource reviews how to upgrade your first aircraft and find the perfect aircraft to meet your needs, from multi-piston to entry-level turboprop, and how to purchase your first jet. .

Obtain pre-approval

Getting pre-approved for a plane loan can help you narrow down your search and avoid the frustration in finding the perfect plane. Find out if pre-approval makes sense to you.

Know before you buy

Pre-purchase inspection

A pre-purchase inspection (sometimes called a “pre-purchase”) is your chance to learn everything you need to know about your potential investment. From a thorough inspection of the mechanical and aesthetic condition to the legal status of the aircraft, a pre-purchase will ensure that your aircraft is airworthy and give you peace of mind.

For more information on pre-purchase inspections:

Watch this video: “PrePurchase inspection: STC

Dos and Don’ts of Pre-Purchase Inspections

Aircraft insurance, securities and escrow services

Aircraft Title and Escrow Services – Aerospace Reports

AOPA’s strategic partner, Aero-Space Reports, a leader in the aviation securities industry for over 50 years, provides aircraft title and escrow services to AOPA members at discounted prices.

Aviation Insurance РAssuredPartners A̩ronautique

AssuredPartners Aerospace represents the collective talent and experience of leading insurance brokerage firms in the general aviation industry and their employees. AssuredPartners Aerospace provides insurance to aircraft owners and renters, CFIs, flying clubs, business jets, aviation companies and lake jets.

Reminder to Members: Stay up to date on your insurance premiums and don’t let your insurance policies expire.

Checklists and practical resources


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