What to look for in a
Cessna Skylane

Aircraft condition is paramount when buying an aircraft, so it's important to know what to look for when inspecting a Cessna Skylane. This will allow you to spot things like corrosion and damage to the airframe, which will affect the aircraft's value.

The first place to look is the exterior of the aircraft, including the fuselage, wings, landing gear, flaps, and engine nacelles. Walk around the aircraft, checking for corrosion, dents, and scratches. It's also a good idea to get up close and personal with the aircraft, checking for signs of wear on things like the control surfaces, pitot tubes, engine cowlings, tires, and seats.

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Pre-purchase inspection of the aircraft

A pre-purchase inspection (PPI) is an aircraft inspection that will give you detailed information about the aircraft's condition and allow you to spot any issues that may affect the aircraft's value. The cost of a PPI will vary depending on the aircraft's location and the company conducting the inspection, but it's usually between $300 and $1000. During the pre-purchase inspection, the aircraft inspector will walk around the aircraft, inspect the exterior, and open up panels to inspect the aircraft's systems. The inspector will take photos of any issues and create a report that includes their findings and recommendations.

A good aircraft inspector will also have a knowledge of FAA regulations and maintenance practices, so they can identify any discrepancies that may affect the aircraft's safety. You should select an accredited inspector who is not affiliated with AirMart or the seller to conduct the pre-purchase inspection, so you can get an unbiased opinion.

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Insurance considerations

When buying a Cessna Skylane, it's important to have aircraft insurance on the aircraft before the sale is finalized. Aircraft insurance follows the same principles as auto insurance, in that you pay a premium to be protected against damage or loss in the event of an accident or incident. Aircraft insurance comes in two main types: hull coverage and liability coverage. Hull coverage protects the aircraft's airframe and engine against damage, while liability coverage protects you against damage to third parties.

Most aircraft financing companies will require you to obtain hull coverage before they fund the purchase. Before you buy aircraft insurance, consult your aircraft broker to find out how much coverage you need based on the aircraft's value. When determining your aircraft insurance needs, factor in the residual value of the aircraft, the down payment, and the monthly payments you'll make on the loan. You may also want to consider insuring the aircraft for more than what it's worth, as the coverage will decrease each month as the aircraft depreciates.

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Insurance considerations

When buying a Cessna Skylane, it's important to have aircraft insurance on the aircraft before the sale is finalized. Aircraft insurance follows the same principles as auto insurance, in that you pay a premium to be protected against damage or loss in the event of an accident or incident. Aircraft insurance comes in two main types: hull coverage and liability coverage. Hull coverage protects the aircraft's airframe and engine against damage, while liability coverage protects you against damage to third parties.

Most aircraft financing companies will require you to obtain hull coverage before they fund the purchase. Before you buy aircraft insurance, consult your aircraft broker to find out how much coverage you need based on the aircraft's value. When determining your aircraft insurance needs, factor in the residual value of the aircraft, the down payment, and the monthly payments you'll make on the loan. You may also want to consider insuring the aircraft for more than what it's worth, as the coverage will decrease each month as the aircraft depreciates.

Cost of Ownership

Before you buy an aircraft, you should estimate the cost of ownership to ensure you can afford to maintain the aircraft. This will help you avoid surprises after you buy the aircraft, as the price of ownership may be higher than you expect. Many factors affect the cost of ownership, including aircraft type, hours, and location. The following factors will affect the cost of ownership for a Cessna Skylane with Airmart: - Type of aircraft: The type of aircraft you choose will affect the cost of ownership, as larger aircraft require more money for maintenance. - Hours: The fewer hours an aircraft has, the more money it will require for maintenance. - Location: The cost of owning an aircraft depends on where you keep it, as major airports have lower maintenance costs.

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Paperwork and documentation

After you buy a Cessna Skylane, you'll need to obtain the aircraft's FAA registration, change of ownership documents, and aircraft insurance. The FAA registration is the aircraft's identification number and it's used to track aircraft. The registration will allow you to operate the aircraft legally in the U.S., although some aircraft are exempt, such as ultralight aircraft. You can either buy the registration or transfer it, if the seller has it. The change of ownership documentation will record the transfer of the aircraft's title from the seller to you. You can obtain a temporary change of ownership document that allows you to operate the aircraft after you buy it, although you'll have to pay sales tax on the aircraft.

Paperwork and documentation

After you buy a Cessna Skylane, you'll need to obtain the aircraft's FAA registration, change of ownership documents, and aircraft insurance. The FAA registration is the aircraft's identification number and it's used to track aircraft. The registration will allow you to operate the aircraft legally in the U.S., although some aircraft are exempt, such as ultralight aircraft. You can either buy the registration or transfer it, if the seller has it. The change of ownership documentation will record the transfer of the aircraft's title from the seller to you. You can obtain a temporary change of ownership document that allows you to operate the aircraft after you buy it, although you'll have to pay sales tax on the aircraft.

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Delivery of the aircraft

After you buy a Cessna T182T Skylane and the sales transaction has been completed, the aircraft must be delivered to your home airport. It's best to have the aircraft delivered to a nearby airport and then fly it to your home. You can hire an FAA-certified pilot to fly the aircraft from the seller's airport to yours or have a friend or family member fly it. Before you accept the aircraft, you should inspect it thoroughly and make sure it's in the exact condition as described in the sale agreement. You should conduct a post-purchase inspection immediately after taking delivery of the aircraft to assess its condition. You can use the Aircraft Bluebook Inquiry or the PlaneTrader Aircraft Valuation Tool to find out the aircraft's market value.

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Post-purchase inspection and maintenance

After you buy a Cessna Skylane, you should conduct regular maintenance checks on the aircraft to keep it in good condition. You can use the aircraft maintenance log to track the inspection and maintenance work, as well as identify any issues that need to be addressed. The maintenance log is required by the FAA, so make sure you use it to stay compliant with regulations. You should schedule regular inspections for the aircraft based on its hours, such as an annual inspection after the first 100 hours. You should also perform the initial inspection before flying the plane to make sure it's safe to fly. If the aircraft has an FAA-required inspection, you have 30 days to complete it after receiving the FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD).

Post-purchase inspection and maintenance

After you buy a Cessna Skylane, you should conduct regular maintenance checks on the aircraft to keep it in good condition. You can use the aircraft maintenance log to track the inspection and maintenance work, as well as identify any issues that need to be addressed. The maintenance log is required by the FAA, so make sure you use it to stay compliant with regulations. You should schedule regular inspections for the aircraft based on its hours, such as an annual inspection after the first 100 hours. You should also perform the initial inspection before flying the plane to make sure it's safe to fly. If the aircraft has an FAA-required inspection, you have 30 days to complete it after receiving the FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD).

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Final thoughts on buying a Cessna Skylane from AirMart

Buying an aircraft can be a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be. If you know what to look for in a Cessna Skylane, you can find a quality aircraft at a great price. Additionally, you should conduct a pre-purchase inspection, obtain aircraft insurance, and schedule regular maintenance inspections to keep the aircraft in top condition.

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