How much is my aircraft worth?  That is a valid question, especially in today's rapidly changing used aircraft market.  Aircraft values are constantly changing and for the past decade, the trend has been one of increasing value.  Stay current with the appreciation of your aircraft and don't get caught underinsured.  Conversely, don't pay unnecessary taxes because the local government overvalued your aircraft.  A Certified Aircraft Appraisal is an invaluable tool to be used for tax court, bank collateral, estate planning, and when donating an aircraft for tax purposes.  The peace-of-mind obtained from a Certified Aircraft Appraisal is quite inexpensive compared to the cost of overpaying taxes or insurance settlement based on an underinsured policy. 

The appraiser will begin with a thorough examination of both the exterior and interior of the aircraft.  Special attention is given to condition of the airframe, paint, engines, flight controls, aircraft systems, electronics, instrumentation, interior condition, aftermarket accessories and modifications.  A complete inventory will be prepared for inclusion in the appraisal report.

A comprehensive review of all log books and documentation will then be performed to determine Service Bulletin status, Airworthiness Directive status, and answers to key questions, including the following few:

The inspection process will take from 3 hours for a small single engine plane, to upwards of 24 hours for a large business jet and vary mostly due to condition of maintenance records.

The appraiser will then return to his office and perform an in-depth analysis of all data, using leading edge computerized technology developed by the NAAA.  The final result is a Certified Aircraft Appraisal that is an accurate, unbiased, itemized inventory and multi-page document that will satisfy any insurance company and withstand the toughest scrutiny of any Financial, Governmental, or Courtroom audit.

The appraisal is usually completed within 2 business days after the on-site evaluation.  A copy is faxed immediately to the client and a presentation quality original is mailed within 3 business days.

Why can't I just use a "blue book" or another published price guide?

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