There are two basic “laws” to follow: establish a reserve fund for the annual inspection, and set aside funds for unexpected events.
Here are some more tips for staying on top of expenses:
If you’re going to have the airplane for more than three years, it’s better to put the money into it early on so you can enjoy any upgrades. Say you want to add XM music and weather in the airplane. While you won’t recoup the entire amount you spent in the sale, you’ll at least be able to enjoy the new features. After all, aircraft purchases, for the most part, are not typically based on a rational decision. They’re based on passion, driven by what people want to do, not need to do.
Another reason not to defer maintenance is that you may find yourself wanting to move into a newer aircraft. Don’t be caught having to put a whole bunch of money into an airplane that you’re about to sell just to make it marketable.
For first-time owners of larger, more expensive turbine aircraft, the emphasis on maintenance schedules rather than airframes and engine age is a significant change in understanding valuation. Those who previously owned a turboprop or light jet might be caught off guard. This is important when it comes time to sell your larger jet. Folks who are behind on the maintenance schedule will lose leverage when it comes time to sell. That’s just simple math. A company called Asset Insight is a good source for determining valuation based on where a particular jet is in its maintenance schedule.
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