18 07, 2019

Understanding Ethics and Transparency in Appraising Aircraft

By |2019-07-18T15:19:28+00:00July 18th, 2019|Educational|

You know the adage if it's in print it must be true! Well, when it comes to the internet and aviation information, most of what you read is not only inaccurate but severely outdated. When it comes to the transparency of data, most of what you find available on the world wide web is anything but factual. Rarely do you find a source cited, or a so-called expert backing up a claim. With aviation values and market demand, [...]

17 07, 2019

Helicopter Price Guide: The Best Way to Find the Price of Helicopters

By |2019-07-17T14:49:09+00:00July 17th, 2019|Educational|

There are over 31,000 piston and turbine-powered helicopters in the United States alone. If you want to own one of these exceptional machines, you may be wondering about the purchase price and your overall budget. After all, helicopters aren't cheap and keeping them airworthy cant get pretty expensive. VREF is lucky to have on its staff one of the most knowledgable helicopter appraisers in the world, Dick Hart. Dick is a Senior Accredited Appraiser with the ASA and ISA, [...]

16 07, 2019

What You Need to Know About the Aircraft Loan Process

By |2019-07-16T14:21:56+00:00July 16th, 2019|Educational|

If you’re an airplane enthusiast and been flying in other people’s aircraft or renting a plane, then you’ve likely considered buying your own. Unlike buying a house or car, buying an airplane, whether it’s a single-engine Cessna or a private jet, is more complicated than you think. Amongst several factors, it can be difficult to find a lender to finance the plane of your choice. Here is what you need to know! The good news is you can [...]

9 07, 2019

Fly High With These 7 Must Know Airline Industry Trends for 2019

By |2019-07-09T18:43:15+00:00July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

No business exists in a vacuum. Social trends, economic shifts, and technological advancements can have a major impact, and the aviation industry is no exception. Whether you're primarily focused on freight or passengers, knowing what's ahead can help you keep up and plan for a successful future. Here's a peek into the airline industry trends we expect to continue throughout the rest of 2019. Airline Industry Trends in 2019 Whether you're trying to keep up with your competitors or find [...]

28 06, 2019

Aircraft Donation is a Tribute to Aviator’s Legacy

By |2019-07-02T14:05:50+00:00June 28th, 2019|Educational|

VREF provides appraisal services to thousands of aircraft owners on an annual basis, and every once in a while we come across a story worth sharing. Aviators are passionate to a fault, and one of the many things the staff at VREF enjoy are interacting with clients that have amazing stories and backgrounds to share. While conducting research we may uncover tidbits about an owner, or the history of an aircraft that is interesting.  When you are doing [...]

28 06, 2019

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Aircraft Appraisers

By |2019-07-05T14:36:31+00:00June 28th, 2019|Educational, Uncategorized|

Having an aircraft appraisal completed requires locating a qualified and accredited appraiser. However, where do you start? An excellent resource for pilots and buyers of aircraft alike is the AOPA website, and it contains more unbiased information than any other source on the internet. Accurate and impartial data are two of the many reasons why AOPA and VREF have a strategic partnership going back many years. Financial institutions and insurance companies are also a great place to seek [...]

24 06, 2019

Avionics Insight by Neill Fulbright

By |2019-06-24T14:13:23+00:00June 24th, 2019|Educational|

Believe it or not you have 6-months left to comply with ADS-B and 2020 mandates. While many of you have already picked out solutions and had them installed, roughly 40% of the active fleet has not. So, if you are a procrastinator or just want to learn about ADS-B expenses then this article is for you! For those who have not met me, my name is Neill Fulbright and I have been teaching and developing avionics programs for [...]

17 06, 2019

Top 10 Most Luxurious Helicopters In The World

By |2019-07-02T14:07:26+00:00June 17th, 2019|Educational|

For luxury helicopters, it’s all about high-end convenient air travel. But, which helicopters stand out from the crowd? Helicopters have come a long way since the Sikorsky’s VS-300, American’s first practical helicopter, hit the scene. From just another form of transportation, choppers have evolved into situation savers in the military, medical, and cargo fields. And, of course, their designs continue to vary. Some makes are well suited to perform the above functions efficiently, but for some, it’s all [...]

17 06, 2019

The 10 Best Single Engine Planes You Can Buy In 2019

By |2019-07-02T14:08:05+00:00June 17th, 2019|Educational|

Did you know that the Federal Aviation Administration provides services to 2.7 million airline passengers in the USA each day? If that reminder of airport overcrowding brings you out in a cold sweat, you may want to consider getting your own wings. Whether a private plane or a single-engine plane, more people are getting into personal air transportation than ever before. If you are one of these, take a look at the 10 best single-engine planes you can buy in [...]