Purchase Questions

Getting Started

Why should I buy a new Cessna?

Most people will tell you that the cost of an airplane is the price you pay, plus the cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance, hangar, etc.

And they’d be almost right!

When considering an airplane purchase, keep in mind that the real cost of the airplane is all of the costs mentioned above, minus the price you’ll sell the airplane for when you move up or out of aviation, divided by the number of hours you flew the airplane.

The real cost is the sum of :

(Purchase price  +  Fixed expenses  + Variable expenses)  minus  Selling Price  =  Real expense/hours flown  =

The Real Cost

So, it pays to consider the newest airplane that you can afford (or obtain financing for) because both your maintenance and interest costs will be lower with a new airplane and your real cost can be much lower!

Additionally, your down payment may be significantly lower on a new airplane which reduces your initial out of pocket expenses.

What’s more, you’ll enjoy flying with the latest avionics that increase the safety, capability and functionality of your airplane.

What steps do I take to become a new Cessna owner?

Becoming a new Cessna owner is really a pretty simple process and doesn’t involve complicated pre-buys and title searches. The purchase can be done in just 7 steps:

 

  1. Choose the right new Cessna
  2. Secure a delivery date
  3. Set up your purchase entity (corp, individual, partnership)
  4. Secure Financing
  5. Bind Insurance
  6. Delivery at the Factory!
  7. Arrange Service schedule with your Cessna Service Station

Your Cessna representative will walk you through the steps and you can download the New Cessna Purchase Guide from the AirplaneNoise website .

How do I know which is the right airplane for me?

Your Cessna representative can help you assess your flying needs to determine the best airplane for your particular mission.

Your needs may change as you acquire skills and your thirst for new adventures may bring you back to your Cessna dealer to trade into an airplane that matches your changing flying needs. Rest assured, your Cessna’s value will remain high allowing you to move up easily within the Cessna family of airplanes.

How soon can I be flying my new Cessna?

Many new Cessna customers order their airplanes, but the majority will work with their Cessna representative to find an airplane that matches their specifications.

If an airplane is available, the purchase can be complete in as few as 10 days!

How do I secure an airplane?

Securing an airplane is easy. Once you’ve identified an airplane with your Cessna representative , a deposit (usually $10-$20K) will hold that airplane until the agreed upon delivery date. The remaining balance is due at delivery.

Business Use and Tax Strategies

Can I deduct the use of my airplane?

Every aircraft owner’s situation is unique and it’s best to consult with an Aviation Tax expert before you make a purchase. Although you may currently have a tax specialist for your business needs, the world of tax aviation is like no other and you’ll most likely be spending your money educating your accountant.

You can access some very helpful information online, but a phone call to discuss your particular situation makes sense.

Here’s a great place to start .

How much can I save on my taxes?

The tax savings on an aircraft used for business can be tremendous. In many cases, the plane can actually pay for itself for the first five years.

View the Tax Savings Calculator and view examples of your favorite Cessna airplane.

Then, talk to your tax specialist or call the Aviation Tax Experts at Advocate Consulting a call.

Will I owe sales tax on my airplane purchase?

Depending on the state you live and fly in, you may owe sales tax. However, there are ways to control your tax liability and reduce your sales tax.

Talk to your tax expert or give the knowledgeable staff at Advocate Consulting a call.

Can I deduct the use of my airplane?

Every aircraft owner’s situation is unique and it’s best to consult with an Aviation Tax expert before you make a purchase. Although you may currently have a tax specialist for your business needs, the world of tax aviation is like no other and you’ll most likely be spending your money educating your accountant.

You can access some very helpful information online, but a phone call to discuss your particular situation makes sense.

Here’s a great place to start .

Choosing the right airplane

Can I get a custom registration number on my new Cessna?

Your airplane is special. Why not select a custom registration number to let others know just how special it is!

It’s easy to select a number and your Cessna representative will help you register the number on your plane or even change the number after delivery. For the custom registration procedure visit the AirplaneNoise.com resource area.

Ownership Costs

How much should I expect to pay for a hanger?

Hangers range in price and can vary greatly in desirability. Size, electric doors, sliding doors, concrete floors, dirt floors, heat, south facing, etc.

Visit your airport and see what’s available. In many regions of the country, the supply of hangars is very low and pilots are waiting for years before a lease is offer to them. This is frustrating for someone who’s ready to take delivery of a brand new $500,000.00 airplane.

When you first even think you might become an airplane owner, drive over to your airport (or several airports) and place your name on the “”hanger list.”” If you’re lucky, your hanger will become available before your plane does!

It may cost you a couple months of rent. . . Don’t you think it’s worth it?

Delivery Day

Where is the Cessna factory?

Factory delivery of your new Cessna is an experience you’ll always treasure. If you’re taking delivery of a new Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane, or Stationair, or Cessna Corvalis, you’ll visit  the Cessna Single Engine factory is in Independence, KS. about 90 minutes north of Tulsa. You’ll probably spend a few days in Independence while you learn about your new airplane, so we’ve put together a resource book to help you out.  Just send us a request!

What will delivery day be like at the factory?

If you’re taking delivery of a new Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane, or Stationair, you’ll arrive in Tulsa, and rent a car from Enterprise (the only car rental company that allows you to drop the car at the factory) and drive to the Cessna Single Engine Factory.

You’ll have the opportunity to inspect every inch of your airplane and be the first to fly it. When the paperwork is complete you’ll begin your training which includes both ground and flight training.

A factory tour will top off the visit before you head back home to show off your new plane as the video cameras await your arrival.

Financing

How do I download a loan application?

You can download Cessna Finance Company’s Quick Approval Form from the Cessna Finance website .

Looking for other options?  Contact your Cessna Authorized Representative .

How long does it take for an approval?

Once the loan application and all the financial information are submitted, loan approvals can be made in as little as 24 hours. Closings can take place as soon as all the loan and FAA paperwork is completed and the contract is signed. With overnight mail or courier service, loan closings can be completed quickly.

How can I figure out my monthly payment?

Use this handy calculator to figure out your monthly payment. Need current airplane prices and specs?  Download a free buyer’s guide at SuburbanAircraftSales.com

What are your rates?

Rates vary depending on the financial strength of the customer, the amount financed, the type of aircraft and the use of the aircraft. For further details, contact your regional Cessna Finance representative at 1-866-CFC-LOAN (toll free).

How much money will I need for a down payment?

Generally, you’ll place 10-20% as a down payment.  Terms vary, so be sure to discuss all options with your finance specialist.

More questions?  Contact your Cessna Authorized Representative .

Insurance

How do I shop for the best insurance rate?

The quick answer is. . .

 

You Don’t!

Your best bet is to shop for the best representative and let him/her do the job for you. The underwriters will only quote a risk once, so you can’t get a better rate by going to several agents. You can however, be stuck with a representative who doesn’t live up to your standards of service.

So, do your homework, interview representatives, select someone you like and are confident can do a good job for you. . .

 

and let him do his job!

Looking for an Aviation Insurance Specialist?  Contact us for a referral from your area.

Service

Where will I take my plane for service?

Cessna’s worldwide network of over 350 service stations is Cessna qualified to high standards of customer service and technical capability. As the local expert in servicing Cessna aircraft, each service station has attained a consistent standard, including facilities, personnel, training, basic and special tools, parts and technical information.

There’s a Cessna Service Station near you!

Where do I take my plane for inspections and service work?

Cessna’s worldwide network of over 350 service stations is Cessna qualified to high standards of customer service and technical capability. As the local expert in servicing Cessna aircraft, each service station has attained a consistent standard, including facilities, personnel, training, basic and special tools, parts and technical information.

There’s a Cessna service station near you!

How long is the warranty on a new Cessna?

Your new Cessna is delivered with a 2 year “”Spinner to Tail”” warranty. You’ll only pay for routine maintenance . . . inspections, oil changes and wear items like tires, brakes and light bulbs.

The factory backs your airplane and you fly with peace of mind!

Trading in. . . Trading up

I own an airplane. Will you take it in on trade?

We have a variety of options to help you sell or transition to another airplane.  You can select one of programs at SuburbanAircraftSales.com or call us to customize a plan to meet your needs.  While we’re not a buyer for every airplane, we will help you find someone to represent your airplane if it’s not in our area of expertise. Just contact us   and let us go to work.

How much is my airplane worth?

You can get a rough idea of the value of your airplane by using AOPA’s aircraft valuation tool. You can also look at planes currently advertised in Trade a Plane or ASO to get a feel for the current market.

A quick call to your Cessna Representative is also a quick and easy way to learn the value of your airplane.

Training

Can I receive a high-performance endorsement, instrument proficiency check, or biennial flight review during the training?

The factory instructors will only be giving instruction to aid in the transition to the Technically Advanced Aircraft.

Will I receive a logbook endorsement from the Cessna Factory Instructor?

You will  receive an FAA Industry Training Standards Certificate of attendance signed by your instructor/s. You will also receive a smaller certificate that can be placed in your logbook.

What should I bring to training?

Bring your pilot’s license, current medical and government issued photo ID as well as an aviation headset.

What is the cost of training?

With the purchase of the aircraft, the customer will receive one transition course at no additional cost. Additional classroom training is available for anyone accompanying the customer and is scheduled based on instructor availability.

Is the training required?

No. There is not a logbook endorsement required to act as Pilot-in-Command of a TAA. However, there may be insurance benefits or requirements for completing the training.

What is the goal of the training?

The training is designed to transition pilots from the traditional panel to the Technically Advanced Aircraft. Nav III Cessna’s are TAA in that they incorporate an electronic flight information system or EFIS, GPS with moving map display and an autopilot. Because of time constraints and the needs of our customers, the training is not designed to make you an expert on the G1000. Instead, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to begin using the system.

What can I expect during training?

The training is a 3 day course (not including aircraft delivery) consisting of approximately 8 hours of ground school and 4 – 6 hours of flight time. The ground schools cover the system components of the G1000, overviews of the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and the Multi-Function Display (MFD), as well as aircraft systems and autopilot operation. The flight portion of training will cover basic VFR operations, a variety of instrument approaches as well as abnormal and emergency procedures.  When you’ve scheduled your training dates, contact us for helpful training guides .

I’m a student pilot. Can I still go to the factory for training?

Absolutely!

Ownership Lifestyle

How do I know which is the right airplane for me?

Your Cessna representative can help you assess your flying needs to determine the best airplane for your particular mission.

Your needs may change as you acquire skills and your thirst for new adventures may bring you back to your Cessna dealer to trade into an airplane that matches your changing flying needs. Rest assured, your Cessna’s value will remain high allowing you to move up easily within the Cessna family of airplanes.

How do I secure an airplane?

Securing an airplane is easy. Once you’ve identified an airplane with your Cessna representative , a deposit (usually $10-$20K) will hold that airplane until the agreed upon delivery date. The remaining balance is due at delivery.

Where can I find the specifications for the new aircraft?

The specifications for each of our Single Engine aircraft models currently in production are available for instant download at SuburbanAircraftSales.com.  Just choose the airplane(s) you’re interested in and download the buyer’s guide.

How do I find pricing information,specs and performance?

The specifications for each of our Single Engine aircraft models currently in production are available for instant download at SuburbanAircraftSales.com.  Just choose the airplane(s) you’re interested in and download the buyer’s guide.

Can I get a custom registration number on my new Cessna?

Your airplane is special. Why not select a custom registration number to let others know just how special it is!

It’s easy to select a number and your Cessna representative will help you register the number on your plane or even change the number after delivery. For the custom registration procedure visit the AirplaneNoise.com resource area.