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Have you finally reached a place in your life where you're ready to purchase your own aircraft? Do you know where to look and what to look for? Searching locally and online for private jets for sale will yield so many possibilities it could be overwhelming for the first-time buyer. Just a cursory visit to an internet search engine alone yields nearly 400,000 hits from the phrase "private jets for sale". Rather than face the prospects of jet purchase alone, consider using a broker if you want to acquire a used plane from its current owner. For new aircraft and used trade-ins, look for a reputable dealer with a solid history and plenty of good recommendations.

International dealers with a large selection of private jets for sale will have products from all the major manufacturers. Names like Boeing, Cessna, Gulfstream, Beechcraft, Embraer, and Challenger, just to name a few. You should be able to find planes in every class designation with a large variety of performance specifications. Be sure to do your homework ahead of time, just as you would before purchasing a car or truck.

A cost-benefit analysis is an essential part of your homework. It's great to think of a speedy new Learjet that can get you from here to there in no time, but can you afford the costs associated with it? Perhaps a jet with lower operating costs is more appropriate.

Among the most popular new private jets for sale, Cessna leads the pack in total deliveries. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Associations 2009 Statistical Databook, the Kansas-based company has delivered more planes annually than any other manufacturers since 1998. The company delivered 289 total units last year alone. Recent statistics for 2010 reveal Cessna has the top two, and four out of the top ten, best-selling aircraft.

When considering used private jets for sale, Cessna still leads the way according to 2007 statistics. The most popular model is the Citation II which seems to be a big hit with owners moving into their first jet from a turbo prop. The Citation II is a good entry-level jet approved for single pilot operation, an important factor for owner operators coming from a turbo prop background.

Though Cessna is the power house among private jets, other manufacturers fare well in the used jet marketplace. Dealers with a good variety of private jets for sale will likely have access to the Global Express line from Bombardier, Challenger 600 series planes, and Falcons from Dassault. Gulfstream and Learjet offerings are also available on the used market but they are a bit harder to come by.

One final option for private jets for sale is to look at air charter companies and fractional ownership groups. Like car rental companies, those in the air charter business turn over their fleets on a pre-determined schedule. Their older jets will be outdated to a certain degree, but they should still have some life in them. At reduced prices these jets make good entry level aircraft for a small company making its first purchase or an owner-operator looking to upgrade.

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