How NOT to Buy a Business Jet

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How NOT to Buy a Business Jet
How NOT to Buy a Business Jet
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Regarding “How Not to Buy a Business Jet” [2013 Buyers’ Guide] Inspections are only as good as the person/people doing them. Factory-authorized facilities are good and should be able to ensure all items/inspections/bulletins are up to date, but at the end of the day it comes down to the person crawling in, over and around your future purchase. The buyer needs to find a qualified individual who knows the model and is willing to get dirty to verify the condition of your purchase. “Factory authorized” by no means guarantees quality of visual inspection. If you can afford the plane, you can afford a little extra to have it inspected.

Chris Coombs (posted on bjtonline.com)

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Chris Coombs
on July 25, 2013 - 12:37am

Inspections are only as good as the person/people doing them. Factory-authorized facilties are good and should be able to ensure all items/inspections/bulletins are up to date but the end of the day it comes down to the person crawling in over and around your future purchase. The buyer needs to find a qualified individual who knows the model and is willing to get dirty to verify the condition of your purchase. Factory authorized by no means guarantees quality of visual inspection. If you can afford the plane you can afford a little extra to have it inspected. I always like to think of a TV commercial "you can pay me now or you can pay me later" with inference being I can find it now and you can have the seller pay for the fix or you can bring it to me later and I guarantee I'll find it and you'll be paying me for the fix.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy