Buying an aircraft is not an easy task. Even some of the most experienced aviators still have a hard time choosing the right unit. This requires a lot research and preparation to make sure you get what you paid for. Whether for business purposes or personal use, you need to maximize your options and find an aircraft that is carefully chosen and properly maintained. But there are other things you need to consider. For your own guidance and to help you make better decisions, follow these tips below:
What is your purpose?
Knowing your purpose will help you decide what kind of aircraft you should get. This includes the performance of the unit, capacity, and the average flight distance as well. Keep in mind that some light aircraft may not fill all the passenger seats and still carry enough fuel. Always check the loading capacity of your potential aircraft suites before sealing the deal. This will help you narrow down your options as you go through the list of aircraft types.
For leisure purposes or you simply want to have fun, land on an island for breakfast, or stop over to some of the best tourist spots for a picnic lunch with your family or friends, you might want to check the Bantam with 30m take-off and landing roll. Check the 6 cylinder type.
If you’re planning to operate from higher altitudes—5000 feet and above, make sure to get a unit with enough power. Consult an expert to calculate the right density altitude.
How much is your budget?
Take note that this could be one of your biggest investments. Don’t just focus on the purchase price. Compute the running costs as well. This includes the fuel, oil, and MPI’s major inspections and maintenance. You should also allot your budget for insurance and insurance. Prepare for overall maintenance as well (engine, propeller, and airframe overhauls).
Is speed important to you?
Speed capacity is another thing you need to consider. You might have heard that retractable undercarriages and bigger engines are more expensive to maintain and run. Well, it still depends on the aircraft design, and this can greatly affect to its speed. Check the type of strips you want to buy. Impulsive buying won’t do any good. Always take your time and do your research.
Do you have an experience buying an aircraft?
If this would be your first time to buy an aircraft, then you need more than research. Find an expert who is well-versed with the technology and design. Join forums online or ask your relatives and colleagues for referrals. Be familiar with their experience and use it to your advantage. Find someone you can trust. Once you have prospects, browse their website and read reviews about their products and services. Choose the best deal that suits your needs and budget.
These are some of the things you need to consider when buying an aircraft. Again always consult an expert before sealing the deal.