DJ's Aviation Company

Our Appraisal Process

A Certified Aircraft Appraisal begins with a thorough examination of the exterior and interior of the aircraft.

  • Special attention is paid to the condition of the airframe, paint, engines, propellers and instrumentation.
  • The avionics and related flight instruments are inventoried to insure they are properly accounted for in assessing the value of the aircraft.
  • The panel layout, optional systems, deicing systems, cabin and interior condition are also evaluated.
  • Airframe and engine modifications as well as signs of present damage are documented.
  • The condition of "wear items", e.g. tires, paint, interior, etc. are compared to comprehensive and detailed written DJ's Aviation Company Standards.

The logbooks and paperwork are carefully reviewed.

  • We review all documentation to assess historical care or abuse that was given to this particular aircraft.
  • This review includes determining whether maintenance was done, to keep the aircraft in top condition or just to maintain a minimal level of air-worthiness.
  • Frequently what is not recorded is important, e.g. missing annual inspections, missing or defaced pages, and undocumented modifications.
  • Special attention is given to any incidents of past damage as this may or may not have a significant impact on the aircraft's value.

After the aircraft inspection and paperwork examination is complete, the process of establishing the aircraft's value begins.

  • Utilizing extensive databases and proprietary software, the information from your aircraft is evaluated against industry data.
  • After the detailed Aircraft Appraisal (typically 6 to 12 pages) is generated, it is reviewed by a Certified Appraiser for accuracy.
  • Once the appraisal has been approved it is signed becomes a Certified Aircraft Appraisal.