Financing an aircraft loan for a flying club

Adam Answers

Adam Answers in February's edition.

Question: What is the application like when applying for a loan for a club? What supporting documents will be needed?  Is this documentation different if it’s a direct to flying club loan vs. a leaseback?

Answer: It depends on how long the club has been in operation. For established clubs (5+ years) we can offer direct to club financing. The documentation is minimal in this case. We have developed an application specifically for direct to club financing requests. It is roughly three to four pages asking basic information about the club’s history, membership, and current financial situation. Additionally, lenders require three years of tax returns and/or financial statements.

For newer clubs a personal guarantee is required. Along with the flying club’s financials, lenders will require a full personal credit application and two years of financials from the individual providing the guarantee. In some cases, the personal guarantee can be removed once the club has been established for at least five years.

Leasebacks are similar to the new club requirements. The individual purchasing the aircraft to be leased back will provide a full personal credit application and two years of financials. In this case the only information needed on the club is the name of the club and estimated hours the aircraft will be flown.

If you are thinking about buying an airplane for your club, please call and we can talk about your club’s situation and aircraft needs.

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Adam Meredith
Adam Meredith
President of AOPA Aviation Finance Company
Adam Meredith, the longtime president of AOPA Aviation Finance Co., died after a long battle with cancer in December 2023. He is remembered for his passion for helping fellow pilots, leading a team devoted to putting flight training and aircraft ownership within everyone’s reach.
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