The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently launched AOPA Aviation Finance (AAF) Company, a loan brokerage venture aimed at matching association members who require aircraft purchase financing with suitable lenders. It will also help facilitate member loans for avionics updates, either through straight loans using the aircraft as collateral when it is fully owned, or through refinancing of the aircraft while it is still being paid off.
Attendees at the National Aircraft Financing Association annual meeting late last week in Savannah, Ga., largely agreed that aircraft financing is “thawing,” but new international banking rules that will start to be phased in next year might make things worse.
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Last year when AIN took a close look at the aviation finance industry, the prevailing sentiment among industry insiders was that if you were looking for money to finance a business jet, the money would find you. At the time, many of the aircraft finance divisions still felt they were relatively insulated from their mortgage brethren, even within the same company.
A number of pilots on NBAA’s Air Mail Internet forum expressed confusion of late over Signature Flight Support’s policy on ramp fees for multiple stops on a given day.
Unlike insurance rates, which are decreasing slightly or at least stabilizing, aviation financing rates have apparently bottomed out and were on the rise last month.
However, like home mortgage rates, interest rates for aircraft are still near historic lows. What direction they go next is impossible to predict accurately, but current economic conditions seem to point in a continued upward direction.
Interest rates for aircraft loans and leases are typically negotiated individually for each case, so lenders rarely publish their rates. Aircraft type, the value of the specific aircraft, its intended use, its location and the financial standing of the client, along with the down payment and length of the loan, all figure into the interest rate.