Fixed & Rotor Wing Valuations

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Fixed & Rotor Wing Aircraft Valuations

Aviation valuations require an aviation specialist

Hangar 247 parent co. Southern Aircraft Sales Ltd (SASL) provides valuations and appraisals internationally for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters ranging from a single engine microlight to a business jet.

Our clients include:

  • Private owners / operators
  • Government agencies 
  • Banks, financial institutions
  • Insurance / loss assessors
  • Agricultural sprayers  
  • Aero clubs and flight training providors
  • Maintenance providors
  • Heavy lift operators
  • Tourisim and air charter
  • Sport / adventure flying 
  • Emergency rescue services 
  • Parachute adventure
  • Aerial photography and mapping

SASL is frequently consulted in aircraft and helicopter sales, valuation and market advisory and has been providing aviation valuations since 2004, where SASL is only one of a handful of aviation valuation specialists in the Australasia / Pacific region.

SASL / H247 combined 20+ years experience in aircraft and helicopter sales including aircraft ownership has enabled the business to amass considerable knowledge of aircraft and helicopter values and the global aviation market place.

The business has been affiliated with the Institute of Plant & Machinery Valuers (now the Property Institute) since 2009. Due to the PINZ bias towards the property industry we resigned in 2019, however all SASL valuations still adhere to the PINZ code and standards.

Aircraft that we have experience with

Aircraft types
Piston - Turbo prop - Light jet - Competition - Gliders -  Warbirds - Cargo - Parachute - Vintage - Agricultural - Microlight - Experimental - Amature built - Gyrocopter

Fixed Wing 
Aerostar - Aero Commander - Aero Vodochody - Alpi - Apia - Airtourer - Avia - Beechcraft - Britten Norman - Cessna - Champion - Cirrus - Commander - Cresco - Curtis - De Havilland - Douglas - Extra - Fleet - Fletcher - GD Convair - Gippsland - Glassair - Grumman - Gulfstream - Hawker Siddeley - Jabiru - Jodel - Kodiak - Lancair - Learjet - Maule - Micro - Mooney - Nanchang - North American - PAC - PZL - Partenavia - Percival - Pilatus - Piper - Pitts - Protec - Rihn - Robin - Rockwell - Rutan - Stearman - Socata - Sukhoi - Tecnam - Vans - Waco - Wilga - Yakovlev - Zlin 

Rotor Wing
Robinson - Bell - Hiller - Hughes - Schwiezer - Sikorsky - Aerospiatial - Eurocopter - Kawasaki - MD - Airbus

Gliders / Sailplanes
Schweizer - Shempp-Hirth - Schliecher - Pipstrel - PZL - Dg Flugzeugbau - Grob - ICA - Schneider - Aeromot - Glasflugel - Centrair - Profe Banjo - Diana - Zd Delta

Which valuation is right for you?

Valuation reports do vary and the right one for you depends on the purpose that the valuation is required to serve. Whilst this doesn't determine the valuation amount, it does determine the scope of information required to be written into the report as well as any follow up support required.

Types of aviation valuations:

  • General pre-purchase / pre-sale / pre-tender
  • Retrospective
  • Due diligence when buying a business
  • New business start-up / pre-feasibility
  • Financing 
  • Insurance loss or repair
  • Refurbishment, modification or change of operational use
  • Depreciation and taxation
  • Import / export
  • Insolvency and asset recovery


  • General business sale or purchase
  • Finance
  • Expansion, acquisition or restructure


Every business is under pressure to reduce costs and provide their services for less.

However aircraft valuations are like aircraft maintenance – there are no short cuts, and the consequences for these and oversights can be very costly.

Therefore, always consider the following when comparing valuation fee estimates;

1. Valuation reports
The definition of ‘valuation report’ can be very ambiguous. Always request to see a sample of the valuer’s standard report so that you can see precisely the scope of information that will be included. 

2. Desktop vs. full inspection valuation
Desktop valuations can be perfectly fine for any self-serving assessment that does not involve a third party, especially those holding a financial interest. Even then, caution is required to ensure that a desktop assessment is accurate when the aircraft has not actually been inspected.

However any valuation required to support either financing, insurance or a legal dispute needs to include a full inspection of both the airframe and its logbooks. The condition of an airframe and its maintenance status cannot be accurately determined without an inspection - and this is normally the most significant factor effecting value.

And in our experience we have never seen a less expensive desktop valuation that relies only on photos, ultimately hold water when subjected to a judicial test.

3. Inspection waivers
Be very wary when even the manager representing a lender or insurer authorises a desktop valuation not requiring an inspection. Such a call is only from the manager on the day – again, ultimately we have never seen a desktop valuation pass a judicial test, especially if the valuation ends up under the management of a separate insolvency / asset recovery team.

4. Valuation compliance
Ensure that the valuation service will actually meet compliance for third parties such as lenders and insurers. We have seen many instances of other valuation services being accepted based on a lesser price, only to realise later the valuation provided does not actually meet the lenders / insurers own minimum criteria.

5. Professional / industry body
Ensure the valuer is actually a member of a professional body if they say they are – not just purporting that they are by way of a prior association that was actually discontinued years ago.

6. Market knowledge and intel
Always verify how and from where the valuer derives their market intel' from.
Invariably is it simply not enough to just call oneself an aircraft valuer, especially a practioner that is not active in the aviation industry.

Normally an aviation valuer's core business will be in aircraft sales and the valuation services are secondary. This is the only way a valuer can determine where the market is actually trading on the day, for a particular aircraft type, and in a particular region.