When it comes to machinery valuation, there are a number of aspects that set aircraft appraisal apart from other types of equipment appraisal. These differences can make a serious difference in how your aircraft equipment is valued, so it's important to have a decent grasp of what happens during the process. This allows you to use the appraisal to ensure that you can leverage the value of your equipment for a wide range of purposes, such as expansion, upgrades and sales. Here's a quick look at what happens during the appraisal process to help you know what to expect.
Exactly what happens during an aircraft appraisal?
To start, as with many pieces of equipment, the appraiser will look at the number of hours the aircraft has been used. This provides them with a baseline of information of what to expect as far as wear and tear on the engines, the time until the next overhaul and similar aspects. However, unlike other equipment, they'll also look at the number of takeoffs and landings that the aircraft has undertaken. Why? This involves the wear and tear on the aircraft's structure, as this portion of the operation cycle can take a toll on the structure itself. Generally speaking, when comparing two aircraft that are similar in hours, the aircraft that has had a recent engine overhaul and fewer takeoffs and landings will have a greater value than one that is approaching an engine overhaul and numerous takeoffs and landings.
The appraiser will also look at how well the aircraft has been maintained over time and the demand for both aircraft in general and that model in particular in the market. If demand for jets are up and you have a turboprop, that may decrease the value of your aircraft, but if it's a good model that has a constant demand, it may mitigate the depression in the market, allowing you to realize a better asking price compared to similar turboprops of different models. This allows you to maximize your equipment value without having to follow every minor shift in the market, making it easier for you to focus on doing your job.
An appraiser considers a wide range of aspects of your aircraft that you may not have even considered. Has your aircraft had a custom paint job or interior design to match your brand or style that will need to be redone to suit another client? Does it have features, such as a medical bay, which works well for your company's use but will have to be removed or renovated for a commuter company? What about the condition of the landing gear, cockpit or fuselage? These different features of your aircraft may benefit your company's marketing, purpose and bottom line, but may not benefit a future owner, aspects that must be taken into consideration by an equipment appraisal specialist.
By having a good grasp of what happens generally during an aircraft appraisal, you'll be able to leverage the value of your equipment for business growth, upgrades to your aircraft or to make an effective sale. If you don't understand the process, you'll have a harder time understanding whether the appraiser you're working with is providing you with the information you need. However, the easiest way to ensure you'll get the results you need is by working with a certified equipment appraisal specialist.