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Vol. 20, No. 43 | Nov. 25, 2008 | Go to Charts

by Carl Janssens, ASA | Aircraft Bluebook — Price Digest

The end of the third quarter of 2008 brought havoc and chaos to our national and global economies. Consider the devastation of a violent act of Mother Nature. Everything in the radius of destruction gets annihilated, without concern for good or bad, passive or active, aware or unaware. Corporate aircraft sales could not dodge the violence of the economic meltdown. In the wake of economic failure, the aircraft market is searching for stability.

Although everyone is quick to blame the other guy, the bottom line is that America has been victimized again by its own mediocrity whether because of greed, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s version of social justice, or, well, whatever. At the core of this current crisis is the failure to coordinate and effectively execute economic intelligence and data that would otherwise protect and promote the economic environment. A three-dimensional level of communications is lacking. Alan Greenspan, former U.S. Federal Reserve Board chairman, had a talent for getting information to flow across the board. He taught his organization to acquire economic data and to effectively analyze, communicate and execute it. The actions of the Federal Reserve protected the U.S. economy and allowed it to flourish during his nearly 20 years of leadership. Communications can only be effective when the appropriate action is taken. Action needs leadership. Leadership is only as good as the information on which it operates. The human element will always inspire or slumber or, said in another way, provide charisma or mediocrity as the catalyst for action.


Increased — 0
Decreased — 795
Stable — 24

Nearly all of the jet aircraft tracked in Aircraft Bluebook experienced a decline in value ranging from 7 percent to nearly 20 percent when compared to the previous quarter. As expected, aging aircraft were responsible for the more significant declines in value.


Increased — 20
Decreased — 351
Stable — 247

There was some good news for the turboprop segment. With a tight inventory of available equipped DeHavilland Twin Otters in the current market, values for these aircraft have increased. Ag turboprop aircraft were mostly responsible for reporting stable values when compared to the previous quarter. The remainder of the aircraft in this category averaged 8 percent decreases in value.


Increased — 0
Decreased — 488
Stable — 182

Multi piston engine aircraft, though suffering from the negative effects of the economy, did not suffer as much in the loss column when compared to last quarter. Losses were closer to the 5 percent range, generally speaking.


Increased — 112
Decreased — 1120
Stable — 1197

The single engine market has also felt the brakes on the economy. Sales nearly came to a full stop after the economic curtain fell in September. Again, the ag planes experienced modest gains from the previous quarter. Aircraft with unchanged values were in the $100,000 range or less. For the most part, decreases in value were minimal when compared to other aircraft market segments.


Increased — 272
Decreased — 173
Stable — 503

Helicopter values remained stable for yet another quarter. Late-model single and twin turbines continued to hold value. Aging turbines as well as piston models experienced some decline in value. In all, the helicopter segment has weathered this economic storm better than the other aircraft in Bluebook.

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