A pre-buy inspection on an aircraft is your chance to research and investigate every aspect of your potential investment. The prebuy should include a thorough inspection of the mechanical as well as cosmetic condition of the aircraft. In addition, the legal status of the aircraft needs to be looked at. This includes ensuring that the FAA records on the aircraft are up to date. An often overlooked step of the pre-buy is investigating which STC’s are legally installed on the aircraft. This video discusses what to do if STC paperwork is missing.
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The purchase of an aircraft is a major commitment that should be carefully considered. This is especially important when buying a used aircraft. Before considering a purchase, read these tips on buying a used aircraft.
An airworthiness certificate usually is transferred with an airplane when it is sold, but the certificate alone does not fulfill the regulatory requirement. A buyer must ensure that the airworthiness certificate is, as the regulation specifies, current.