Already offering flight training, fueling, maintenance, avionics sales and installation, US Aviation has now added aircraft sales and brokering to its line-up.
It is inevitable when I meet a pilot who learns I am an aircraft broker that the next question is: “How is the market?” That is quickly followed with a hip pocket analysis that it must be tough, that no one is buying and that Chicken Little must be my only prospect.
The real nature of the aircraft market of the past few years goes well beyond the apparent driver: The economy.
Todd Huvard, president of AircraftMerchants, a North Carolina-based aircraft brokerage, is a commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument and seaplane ratings and is typed in Cessna 500 and Falcon 20 jets. He founding editor and publisher of The Southern Aviator.
My normal course of work involves the drudgery of flying different airplanes around the country, delivering the newly purchased gems to excited buyers or moving a planes to our base in North Carolina to prepare for sale. Not too much happens on these ferry flights — the idea is to safely get the airplane to wherever it is going without pranging it, denting it, or blowing it up.
Sometimes, though, entropy gets the best of me and chaos is my co-pilot.