Turbine Loan Timing

Moving up in aircraft can be an eye-opening experience for a couple of reasons. 
Photoshoot of Cirrus SF-50 Vision Jet at FDK and surrounding area. This model incorporates the business interior with drop down backseat monitor, center console and fold our table. it has auto throttle.

First, the speed, the complexity and the capability of turbine aircraft compared to piston-powered aircraft is unmatched. Second, the complexity and expense of the acquisition and insuring process can be jolting. Most folks are aware of the first, but some are surprised by the second.


That’s especially true if the buyer is used to buying all their piston aircraft with a hefty down payment and the paperwork in excellent order. More than one customer of ours initially purchased a Cirrus SR22 and then stepped into the Vision Jet. Same company, so same loan procedure, yes? No.


There are significant differences between acquiring a $250,000 loan and a $2 million loan, and what determines those differences comes down to lender policy and authority. In other words, over a certain monetary threshold, the number of people who cast a critical eye on your loan package increases.


Every lender has different policies regarding loan signoffs. Some require the head of credit to shepherd the process, while others simply require a credit analyst. Some loans may need to go to the credit committee. Others need to go all the way to the board.


Typically, smaller lenders are going to have lower thresholds at which point the higher dollar loans are escalated for additional signoffs. Bottom line? More eyeballs mean more time taken to process the loan.


And if you’re easing into the $3 million-plus range, and you haven’t talked to your insurance broker yet, be prepared to be astonished. Once you get to that $2 million or $3 million threshold, things—like the aircraft—get complicated. Around the $3 million mark unfortunately, things start to get harder. Our advice? Look into insurance early in the purchasing process to avoid any surprises.


Great advice. Great rates. From helpful and responsive reps you can trust. Three good reasons to turn to AOPA Aviation Finance when you are buying or refinancing an airplane. If you need a dependable source of financing with people who are on your side, just call 800.62.PLANE (800.627.5263), or click here to request a quote.

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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