Certified Aircraft Appraisals, Fixed Wing and Heli
Executive and General Aviation, Certified Aircraft Appraisals

The Appraisal Process




APPRAISAL:  The act or process of developing an opinion of value. 


APPRAISER:   One who is expected to perform valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial, and objective. 


ASSUMPTION:  That which is taken to be true.


CLIENT:  The party or parties who engage, by employment or contract, an appraiser in a specific assignment.


CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION:  Information that is either; identified by the client as confidential when providing it to an appraiser and that is not available from any other source; or classified as confidential or private by applicable law or regulation.


EXPOSURE TIME: Estimated length of time that the property interest being appraised would have been offered on the market prior to the hypothetical consumation of a sale at market value on the effective date of the appraisal.   


EXTRAORDINARY ASSUMPTION:  An assumption, directly related to a specific assignment, as of the effective date of the assignment results, which, if found to be false, could alter the appraiser’s opinions or conclusions.


HYPOTHETICAL CONDITION:  A condition, directly related to a specific assignment, which is contrary to what is known by the appraiser to exist on the effective date of the assignment results, but is used for the purpose of analysis.


GREEN AIRFRAME VALUE: A credible value of the basic airframe with no components considered on an aircraft being traded in the retail aircraft market whole and in an airworthy condition or with airworthiness issues that are specified and considered with regards to their effect on value.  On some aircraft the Green Airframe Value may be a negative number which signifies that the airframe has less value than the logical sum of its major components.


INTENDED USE:  The use or uses of an appraiser’s reported appraisal or appraisal review assignment opinions and conclusions, as identified by the appraiser based on communication with the client at the time of the assignment.


INTENDED USER:  The client and any other party as identified, by name or type, as users of the appraisal or appraisal review report by the appraiser on the basis of communication with the client at the time of the assignment.


MARKET VALUE:  The most probable price which a property should bring in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller, each acting prudently, knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby: (1) buyer and seller are typically motivated; (2) both parties are well informed or well advised, and each acting in what he considers his own best interest; (3) a reasonable time is allowed for exposure in the open market; (4) payment is made in terms of cash in U. S. dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; and (5) the price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions granted by anyone associated with the sale.


SCOPE OF WORK: The type and extent of research and anaylsis in an appraisal or appraisal review assignment.



*Definitions from the 2014-2015 edition of USPAP except the definition of Market Value is from Freddie Mac, and the definition of Green Airframe Value is from NAAA.

Kimberly Lysak