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Welcome to PIREPS!

PIREPS brings you the latest news and information from Premier Aircraft Sales and Premier Aircraft Service. Premier carries a large, constantly-refreshing inventory of new Diamond and Mooney aircraft and pre-owned Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus and Piper aircraft. We broker aircraft for sale, and are also an Authorized Service Center for Cessna, Diamond, Mooney, Centurion and Lycoming. For more information, visit us at flypas.com. For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.

 

Mooney Acclaim on Display at NBAA Oct. 16-18

 

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If you are thinking about taking advantage of year-end tax benefits for the purchase of a new aircraft, visit us at the Mooney display (static display SD-28) at NBAA! Factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim Ultra. In addition, Mooney will be demonstrating a new “executive configuration,” which involves removal of the front passenger seat to allow easier access to the spacious back seat equipped with USB ports, perfect for getting work done enroute. Serious buyers can request a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information regarding the tax benefit of aircraft purchase in 2018, contact Daniel Cheung at Aviation Tax Consultants, (317) 716-3388 or go to http://www.aviationtaxconsultants.com/

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

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AOPA’s Fly-In at the Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) Oct. 26-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a special opportunity for pilots to relax, learn, and connect with other pilots and enthusiasts. Whether you’re an aircraft owner, experienced pilot, rusty pilot, new pilot, student pilot, or just plain crazy about airplanes, an AOPA Fly-In has something for you. Premier Aircraft Sales’ representatives and Mooney factory experts will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim Ultra. Subject to availability of aircraft, serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of the show.

 

The combined two days are loaded to maximum gross with workshops, the Barnstormers Party, seminars, exhibits, world-class presenters, lots of aircraft, technologies, products, and services to make your flying more enjoyable, practical, and safe. For more information click here to visit AOPA’s website.

 

Save Up To $320,000 In Taxes With The Purchase Of A New Mooney! Tax Savings On Used Aircraft Is Substantial As Well

 

The tax law passed last December allows all aircraft buyers with business use to write off the ENTIRE PURCHASE IN 2018!

 

And with brisk sales of new Mooneys this summer, we have only two aircraft left that can be delivered in 2018. We have one Acclaim Ultra and one Ovation Ultra left at this writing. You can save up to $320,000 on your 2018 tax bill with a purchase of these planes. In addition, the tax law allows significant savings on the purchase of used aircraft as well. If you don’t use a plane 100% for business that doesn’t mean you can’t save at least partially on your taxes. We also have interest in leasebacks in some key markets too. Call or write Fred Ahles for details at 754-301-2486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Meet Mountain Air (2NCO), A Fly-In Community with the Highest Runway East of the Mississippi

 

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If you’re a pilot, Mountain Air is the ideal getaway in the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring the highest private runway east of the Mississippi. Depending on the type of aircraft, most locations in the eastern United States are no more than three hours away. This convenience provides flexible work and travel opportunities.

 

At an elevation of 4,400 feet, the paved runway measures 2,875 feet and landing here among spectacular mountains is considered a special treat by pilots and their families. Once on the ground, you’re just steps from the club. There’s plenty to do for everyone here, including mountaintop golf, tennis, pickleball, heated pool, fitness center, outdoor recreation, hiking and dining – plus incredible long-range views. Pick from homes and condos or build a custom getaway in this unique private community, close to Asheville. For more information about the community or to schedule a visit, contact Marley Knowles at (828) 682-1732, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.mountainairnc.com/ View the video preview at https://vimeo.com/288178561

 

Waiting for the Ceilings to Lift?

By Corbin Hallaran, Chief Safety Officer

Let’s say a private pilot is flying 300 miles to a destination that is forecast for a 1500-foot broken ceiling and five miles visibility. Those marginal conditions could tempt a pilot to attempt the flight, hoping that conditions could improve with the ceiling lifting and visibility improving while enroute. However, the conditions can just as easily deteriorate, and the pilot could encounter IFR conditions instead…a recipe for disaster for a non-instrument rated pilot. A VFR pilot should always err on the side of caution and cancel the flight until another day, but if the pilot has an IFR rating they can depart with confidence, because should conditions deteriorate the pilot would have the skills to navigate and land at the destination under IFR flight. That’s what makes an instrument rating so appealing.

 

Flying a plane in IFR conditions requires not just an IFR rating, but a good understanding of the local meteorological environment and resources available to predict changes in a local forecast. The IFR rated pilot may decide to file an IFR flight plan while the VFR pilot tries to get as far as they can until they encounter the clouds and rising terrain.

 

The most recent Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association’s Joseph T. Nall Aircraft Accident Report showed a decline in GA accidents for the number of hours flown. The highest lethality of weather-related accidents are VFR flights into IMC. Click here for the full report.

 

Acquiring the IFR rating for pilots begins with good planning with small goals to achieve, as it’s one of the more difficult ratings to get while being in my opinion the most rewarding. It’s like learning a new language. It will make the pilot more aware of the pitfalls on launching in to marginal weather. The insurers recognize its value by offering lower rates for IFR rated pilots.

 

Non-instrument rated pilots know some of the IFR aviation language, but the private pilot may not know how to apply it and be confident to use it. Let’s look at some goals and avenues to prepare for the IFR course.

 

Preparation and proficiency are the skills required for any flight, but when flying IFR there are details that must be 100 % verified or else the consequences can involve a hazardous risk to the pilot and passengers. There aren’t as many choices on a diversion plan in IFR as there is with a VFR flight. The weather must be verified and rechecked during the flight as well as pireps to develop a plan for your track to a successful arrival. Preparing for Basic Attitude Instrument (BAI) flying lesson is accomplished scanning the panel in the correct sequence for the correct phase of aircraft attitude, and this must be the foundation of the training before advancing to the next part of the course.

 

The IFR student must have good skills in the areas of workload, communication and cockpit organization to be successful. A deficiency with any of the three skills will increase the time to obtain the IFR rating and lead to missteps in meeting the goals. I’ve seen examples of this deficiency with student showing up for a lesson not prepared. I just cancel the lesson to show them it’s a serious misstep not to be prepared. One student showed up for a lesson we had briefed the day before and didn’t have approach plates readily available in the cockpit. Another student only had one pen to write down clearances, and the only pen fell under the seat. Guess what that student did after he lost the pen and didn’t have anything to write with? He was trying to fly the plane, reference the instruments under the hood, and look for the pen under the seat all at the same time. What did he learn? How to be prepared with a backup plan for anything in an airplane, including another pen or pencil readily available.

 

Another student had the approach plates in his flight bag, which was safely tucked into the back seat of a Cessna 182. Half way through his cross country he needed them, and they were hard to reach behind the pilot seat. He asked me to get them and I refused, asking what if the CFII was not here? He learned about the difficulty of flying the plane under the hood while multitasking for something that should have been done prior to departure. He learned a valuable lesson on preparation and organization when flying reference to instruments.

 

The Code of Federal Regulations 61.65 gives specific rating requirements. The largest requirement in the rating is the 50 hours of cross-country time as PIC with ten hours in airplanes for an instrument rating along with 40 hours of actual or simulated time referencing flight instruments, navigation and IFR ATC procedures, approaches and emergency operations.

 

Some questions the IFR applicant should answer before considering the IFR rating endeavor are:

  • Do I have enough time to allocate for flight training and ground training each week?
  • Do I get along with the CFI who will be training me, and am I comfortable with his/her teaching style?
  • Are the CFI’s schedule and my schedule compatible and flexible?
  • What is my financial investment to obtain this rating?
  • In what aircraft will I be learning to reference instruments?
  • When should I expect to take my check ride once I begin the training?
  • How much real cloud time experience can I expect during the training period?

 

Once the commitment is made to start the IFR training, a good CFI will have:

  • A syllabus and course outline of objectives and goals.
  • Commitment to the schedule
  • Prepared lesson plans
  • Measurement tool on progress
  • Ability to identify and correct the areas the applicant is struggling with
  • Ability and desire to fly in actual IFR conditions or at night
  • Preparation plan for the practical test

 

If you don’t already have it, think about your typical mission and whether an instrument rating will make you a safer pilot.

 

Premier’s Referral Program

 

One of our most important sources of new customers are referrals by members of the aviation community and our 1,700 sold customers. To recognize the value of referrals, Premier offers a substantial incentive if a referral results in an aircraft sale. To refer customers or for more information contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Premier Seeking Seasoned Aircraft Sales Professionals

 

Premier is currently seeking an experienced aircraft sales professional with a proven track record of General Aviation piston and/or turboprop aircraft sales. Candidates must have aircraft sales experience to be considered. If you would like to join our team, contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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PIREPS July 2018

PIREPS

 

Welcome to PIREPS!

PIREPS brings you the latest news and information from Premier Aircraft Sales and Premier Aircraft Service. Premier carries a large, constantly-refreshing inventory of new Diamond and Mooney aircraft and pre-owned Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus and Piper aircraft. We broker aircraft for sale, and are also an Authorized Service Center for Cessna, Diamond, Mooney, Centurion and Lycoming. For more information, visit us at flypas.com. For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.

 

Thousands in Incentives for Remaining 2018 Mooney Ultras!

 

For a limited time, Premier is offering thousands of dollars of incentives with the purchase of a new Mooney Ultra! With the improved economy, we’ve sold almost all 2018 delivery slots for new Mooneys, but fortunately for you, Premier has an Acclaim Ultra demonstrator and two new Ovation Ultras that will be available for delivery in July.

 

Between now and the end of Oshkosh, these three aircraft include, AT NO EXTRA COST, factory transition training, an extended 4th and 5th year warranty ($25k value), $10k towards advanced training (like an instrument rating, commercial certificate, ATP, tail-wheel endorsement, aerobatic training, etc.), as well as a possible lease-back opportunity in select areas! The only thing you must do is place a 10% deposit, pick an N-number, and decide where you’re going on your first cross-country.

 

We make an aircraft purchase easy by taking trades and have great financing available. If you’re someone who likes to fly fast and reap the benefits of owning the safest, best built airplane in its class, you’re in luck! Give us a call today and schedule a demo flight that will leave a lasting smile on your face for years into ownership. You won’t regret it. Buyers with business use can depreciate the entire purchase in 2018 if they wish.

 

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Consider a Leaseback Mooney Ultra for More Economical Ownership

 

Premier is searching for buyers interested in leasing back their Ultra to Premier for demonstration purposes. The aircraft are flown only by highly qualified, high-time demo pilots. We are especially interested in planes based in the following key cities: Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Atlanta and Daytona Beach, while others will be considered. A leaseback purchase can qualify you for substantial tax savings. Contact Fred Ahles, (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Visit the Mooney and Diamond Booths for a Personal Showing or Demo at Oshkosh July 23-29

 

If you are thinking about taking advantage of the incentives on 2018 Ultras, consider visiting us at the Mooney display at Oshkosh! Factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim and Ovation Ultras. Serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of Oshkosh.

 

Likewise, Diamond is planning a huge booth display to show off the 2018 Diamond DA62, DA42-VI and DA40 NG. Jeff Owen, VP Sales at Premier, will be on hand along with factory experts to show you the features and benefits of Diamond aircraft and answer any questions you have. Contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on Diamond’s latest products.

 

The State of the Aircraft Market

By Barry Rutheiser, Regional Sales Manager

After owning 17 airplanes during my flying years and enjoying the opportunity to sell owner-flown private aircraft for almost 20 years, I wanted to share some thoughts on the current state of the personally-flown aircraft market.

 

Once the new tax code was announced late last year, there was a noticeable increase in folks looking for their first airplane, those looking to step up or step down, and some pilots looking for new aircraft. The used aircraft market is still the dominant segment, so in my experience the market took on a revival which I had not experienced in some time.

 

Now the market became reversed! Inventory, not customers, has become more challenging to find. Since most of our inventory is company-owned, we have extremely high standards for aircraft that we intend to inventory. We look for relatively newer aircraft with no damage history. While there is ample inventory out in the market presently, most are aircraft with “needs” such as engine, cosmetics, avionics, etc., but it is rare that we purchase an aircraft with damage history. Thus, the aircraft we would consider for inventory has narrowed down quite a bit.

 

Many customers are now entering into acquisition agreements, retaining us to find them the “right” aircraft for their needs and budget. Recently we engaged in an acquisition agreement with one customer and found him the aircraft he desired in only one week!

 

So, what are the lessons here? If you have a premier quality aircraft and you have been considering selling, now is a great time to contact us. We are eager to acquire the right planes at the right price.

 

Also, we encourage you to seek relatively low time (for year of manufacture) aircraft with no damage history, with cosmetics that require just a freshening-up and very few repair, replacement or upgrade. In the long run these are the types of aircraft may cost a bit more to purchase but be less expensive to maintain and, because they are premium-quality aircraft, when the time comes to sell they are considerably easier to market.

 

In short, I recommend taking the time to find to find a “bucket list” aircraft, as close as possible to your dream plane. Sinking a lot of money into to bringing a plane up to your expectations has a way of taking the thrill out of the purchase. And remember, you are not likely to recoup a major investment at sale.

 

If you are in the market to buy or sell, use an experienced dealer to help you obtain the best possible airplane for your dollar. Dealers who rely on return customers and referrals always strive to give you the best product available. And they are in the market place every day!

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

It doesn’t hurt to plan ahead! AOPA’s Fly-In at the Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) Oct. 26-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a special opportunity for pilots to relax, learn, and connect with other pilots and enthusiasts. Whether you’re an aircraft owner, experienced pilot, rusty pilot, new pilot, student pilot, or just plain crazy about airplanes, an AOPA Fly-In has something for you. Premier Aircraft Sales’ representatives and factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim and Ovation Ultras. Subject to availability of aircraft, serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of the show.

 

The combined two days are loaded to maximum gross with workshops, the Barnstormers Party, seminars, exhibits, world-class presenters, lots of aircraft, technologies, products, and services to make your flying more enjoyable, practical, and safe. For more information click here to visit AOPA’s website.

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

Piper Magazine 

 

Proof positive of the excitement surrounding the new Premier Edition Piper Dakota, Premier Aircraft Sales’ new aircraft renovation program has made the cover of Piper Flyer magazine, along with an extensive story and review of the aircraft. The Premier Edition Piper Dakota gives aircraft owners a fully renovated, nearly-new looking plane for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.

 

“People who own Dakotas keep their Dakotas for years, even decades, because it’s a great plane,” says Fred Ahles, president of Premier. “The Dakota is one of the very few four-seat airplanes that can actually carry four full-sized adults plus 72 gallons of fuel and still have around 100 lbs. left for baggage.”

 

A refurbished Premier Edition Piper Dakota means you will have a pristine-condition four-place airplane that’s easy to fly and economical to own, with modern avionics and in top mechanical condition. Although the aircraft are highly customizable with additional equipment and features, the basic Dakota renovation includes:

  • An extensive annual inspection ensuring all time life Items, service bulletins and AD’s are complied with
  • An engine overhauled to factory-new tolerances, including new Lycoming cylinders
  • A new three-bladed propeller that increases performance and is quieter
  • An avionics package which is custom-designed to your equipment specifications
  • GTN750 or GTN650 (both WAAS enabled), GMA350 audio panel, GTX345R transponder with ADS-B in & out capability, and includes traffic and weather; GNC225A second nav-com
  • Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator with standby battery that indicates speed and altitude and Garmin G5 electronic H.S.I.
  • Overhaul existing autopilot (if equipped)
  • Completely refurbished vinyl interior. All seats are re-padded and side panels are redone
  • Complete strip and paint in the 2017 Archer DX paint scheme in the colors of your choice
  • All new or overhauled components are covered with manufacturer’s warranty

 

For more information, contact Barry Rutheiser at (954) 771-0411. More information about the program, and photos of a renovated plane, can be viewed on Premier’s inventory website page; click here.

 

Premier Seeking Seasoned Aircraft Sales Professionals

 

Premier is currently seeking an experienced aircraft sales professional with a proven track record of General Aviation piston and/or turboprop aircraft sales. Candidates must have aircraft sales experience to be considered. If you would like to join our team, contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


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