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The Latest and Greatest in Aviation Technology

With the new year comes new aviation products and innovative technology. Whether you’re in need of an upgrade, looking to treat yourself in the new year, or just want to know what’s up-and-coming in the aircraft industry, there are many new and exciting aviation advancements to keep an eye on.

Below are five of the leading aviation technologies to watch out for in the new year.

5 Aviation Advances to Look for in 2020


The with start of the new decade came new aircraft compliance requirements. Under the new Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, or NextGen, all aircraft must support Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

This new system will make flying safer and more efficient by providing key weather, traffic, and other flight-information services. Aircraft were meant to be upgraded by January 1, 2020, but there’s still time! Learn more about ADS-B to make sure you are properly equipped so you can continue to fly freely.

Electric Planes

Just like with the rise of electric cars, we are now seeing more advances in electric flight. These new advancements could help pilots save on fuel, reduce emissions, and help the environment.

Some of the more popular electric aircraft include the Kitty Hawk models, the Lilium Jet, and the ACCEL. These fantastic vehicles are making air travel faster, quieter, and safer for the environment. They use a variety of methods to power the vehicle, like lithium batteries in the Kitty Hawk Flyer and Heaviside, or a combination of solar panels and batteries.

Though electronic flight has not been commercially widespread or publicly accessible, the developers of these aircraft are hopeful for the future of flight. These advances in electric aircraft technology show promise that flying will soon become more accessible to provide the joy and convenience of flying to everyone, while also finding new ways to create safer and more environmentally friendly travel.

Self-Flying Aircraft

Although modern planes could be considered self-driving as they are able to autonomously complete a flight route, these planes cannot independently make the decision to change the route. With true self-flying, these aircraft (ideally) have no need for a pilot. In terms of entirely autonomous flight, innovators like Boeing and AirBus have been developing safe, fully-autonomous aircraft and have seen huge success in the past year.

For smaller aircraft, researchers in Germany at the Technical University of Munich are working on full-automated landing technology without the need for vision-assisted navigation. This landing system would allow pilots in PAV’s to easily and safely land without the need of a pilot or ground-based systems.

Garmin’s Autonomí

Garmin’s new autoland system is a first in general aviation. Combined with Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) and Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), these three tools make up the new Autonomí system — essentially a digital parachute for the pilot and passengers.

If a pilot were to become incapacitated or disoriented, this system has the ability to take over automatically or when activated. It can then stabilize the plane and even land it if necessary. The system will work anywhere in the world except a few places in China, Russia, and Central Africa where there isn’t enough data available for the system to make landing decisions.

Upgrades Within Your Reach

While some upgrades are just a dream, there are opportunities to update your own aircraft without putting it out of commission for months on end. New paint and updated interior touches can make your aircraft look and feel brand new and keep you flying high.

If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, an engine overhaul can give your plane some extra kick and keep it running smoothly while staying up-to-date with the latest mechanical features.

If you’re looking for an even bigger upgrade, there are new planes coming out this year, such as the Cessna Denali — a single engine turboprop aircraft that made its first appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. With a completely new design that is not derived from any existing aircraft, you can stand out in the sky with a new aircraft that includes the most modern features available. Another anticipated new aircraft release is the sleek Epic E1000, a single-engine, six-seat, turboprop light aircraft that aims to be the fastest single-engine civil aircraft at its time of introduction.

Don’t Get Grounded – Get an Upgrade!

If you are one of the many pilots in need of an upgrade to meet the new NextGen requirements, or if you are looking to implement something new for your aircraft or even desire an entirely new plane, we can help.

We offer aircraft loans and tailor our financing and refinancing options with fixed rates and terms that fit all of your flynancing needs. We lend up to 90% on many single-engine aircraft of our aircraft valuation or purchase price (whichever is less) so you can find the perfect fit for your budget.

We also offer coverage for a variety of aviation needs through our US Aircraft Insurance subsidiary. We work with the leading aviation insurance companies to find you the right coverage at a competitive rate to ensure you’re protected no matter what happens during flight.

Contact us today to speak to one of our representatives or apply online for pre-approval – speed guaranteed!

Receive the Gift of Flight this Holiday Season

The end of the year is an opportune time for business owners to take advantage of tax deductions. Any funds a business uses to invest in equipment or machinery, like an aircraft, can be written off as a tax deduction. The deduction can be used to deduct the cost of the machinery, dollar for dollar, in one year, and even extends to used equipment.

Get yourself the gift of flight… and tax deductions!

According to the New York Times, business owners can “deduct 100 percent of a plane’s purchase price and maintenance expenses if the plane is used for nonrecreational purposes.” After that initial year, the owner must use the plane at least 50 percent of the time for business to keep the deduction.

Operating a business aircraft can save time and can improve your bottom line. These are just a few of the unbeatable benefits to owning your own aircraft:

  1. Travel to business meetings in your own aircraft and on your own schedule.
  • Resorting to commercial flights means you must stick to the itinerary of flights that are available, and often mean flying in discomfort surrounded by people. Using your own plane means you can create your own schedule and fly in a comfortable aircraft without the rest of the crowd.
  1. Avoid airport lines and charges.
  • Airport lines are lengthy, and commercial flights are expensive — without even adding the cost of checked baggage, food, and other necessary expenses. Avoid the waiting and save your hard-earned dollars by jumping on your own flight.
  1. Attend meetings in locations where commercial flights can’t go.
  • Some runways are too short for commercial aircraft, but with your own business plane you can land in the hard-to-reach locations where business might take you.
  1. Improve meetings with face-to-face interaction, rather than communicating via email.
  • Meeting with clients or business partners in person adds a special touch to your business. It shows that you care and are willing to take the time to personally visit with them rather than take the easy road and communicate strictly online.
  1. Make your dreams of flight come true — at no cost to you!
  • Owning an aircraft is a dream for many people, and luckily it can be made into a reality by purchasing a plane for your business.


Flight is the gift that keeps on giving

Even if you already own your own aircraft, there’s always room for improvement! Aside from financing an aircraft purchase, here’s what else we can help you with:

Looking to upgrade?

From paint jobs to engine overhauls, we can help you acquire the aircraft of your dreams.

Many aircraft owners are currently upgrading avionics systems to comply with new FAA regulations. Starting January 1, 2020, all aircraft will be required to support Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) under the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, or “NextGen.” This will upgrade the current air transportation system technology to replace the ground-based radar systems with satellite-controlled systems.

Apply for pre-approval today to upgrade!

Need to refinance?

Make the change today to lower your interest rate, extend your loan term, and start saving money. One of our representatives can work with you to find out what plan is right for you. We offer refinancing rates for all budgets and needs.

Thinking of refinancing but aren’t sure if it’s your best option? Check out our Aircraft Loan Comparison Calculator to calculate the monthly payment and interest costs for up to four aircraft loans for comparison purposes — all on one screen.

For more information, contact our customer service to find out more about your aviation refinancing options or fill out our form to apply today.

Changing insurance?

Through our US Aircraft Insurance subsidiary, our aviation insurance experts team up with the best insurance underwriting companies in the aviation industry. We offer liability, hull, and medical coverage so you can be confident that you’re covered while in the sky.

Unlike other types of insurance, we can negotiate aviation insurance to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for; with our knowledge and experience combined with the best rates and terms and high-quality customer service, US Aircraft Insurance is sure to please.

You can fly high this holiday season

Looking to purchase an aircraft of your own, or make upgrades and improvements to your aircraft? Our team at US Aircraft Finance can work directly with you to find a loan to suit your specific budget. No matter your goal — a new or used plane, a fresh paint job, an avionics stack upgrade, or a complete engine overhaul — we have an aircraft loan that will make your holiday season a little merrier.

We can simplify the financing process so you can get a competitive rate, hassle-free. In just three easy steps, we’ll have you on your way to the aircraft of your dreams.

1.    Calculate

Use our handy online Airplane Loan Qualification Calculator to find out how much aircraft you can afford. Quickly and easily estimate your budget based on your annual income, monthly debt, and interest rate.

Qualifying applicants can receive a loan length of up to 25 years!

2.    Apply

Just fill out our online loan application and then email it to us. It really is that easy. We will review your application to get your pre-approval ASAP.*

*Note: Pages 2 and 3 require your signature. You will also need to submit additional documentation, including tax returns, a copy of your W2, and recent pay stubs.

3.    Review

We will assign a USAF representative to work with you to find the best option for your budget. Our fixed rates include 15 and 20 year terms with up to 25 years amortization schedules, or any shorter term you prefer.

Contact us today for more information

Whether you’re ready to apply today or have questions before moving forward, our friendly and reliable customer service experts can answer any questions you have, from upgrade options to insurance coverage and today’s low rates.

Contact us today!

Phone: (802) 434-4100

Toll Free: (888) 654-USAF (8723)


Write: USAF, P.O. Box 999, Richmond, VT 05477

The History of US Aircraft Finance: Celebrating National Aviation History Month

The month of November is National Aviation History month—an entire 30 days dedicated to “exploring, recognizing and celebrating America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation” (Source: US Census Bureau).

The development of mechanical flight has evolved greatly from the earliest attempts at gliders to today’s ultra-modern, high-tech aircraft models. Here at US Aircraft Finance, we focus our efforts on offering financing options for those looking to purchase their very own General Aviation aircraft, new or used, searching for refinancing opportunities, or hoping to upgrade an airplane with new technology, such as updated avionics to support ADS-B, or mechanics, such as a new engine. Continue reading


Treat yourself with flight before 2019 tax season is over

Autumn is in full-gear which means we’ll soon have to say goodbye to beautiful flying conditions. Have you considered purchasing a new aircraft before the season is over?

If you’re looking for a sign that now is the time, remember that the 2019 tax year is coming to a close, which means you can use your remaining write-off allowances to purchase the new aircraft you’ve been dreaming of.  Continue reading

ADS-B: Why you need to make the change now


The FAA is now requiring all aircraft support Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) under the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System. NextGen is the modernization of the US air transportation system technology, featuring a transitioning of the ground-based radar systems for traffic control and aircraft separation to satellite-controlled systems. 

This upgrade will make flying safer, more efficient, and more accessible than ever before. Real-time ADS-B provides pilots with vital traffic, weather, and flight-information services, as well as broadcasts your aircraft’s GPS position to ground control and other aircraft with ADS-B receivers.  Continue reading


Top 5 Things to See at Oshkosh 2019

It’s almost time again for the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event – undoubtedly one of our favorite aviation events of the year.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in Oshkosh with 880 exhibitors and over 500,000 attendants, this year is sure to be a good one. It’s not too early to start planning for the July event, so we’ve created a list of our top five must-see highlights at Oshkosh 2019.

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Winter is here so let’s talk upgrades

Winter time is here and it’s a great time to get some work done on your aircraft. Our interest rates are hard to beat so why not look into putting the new avionic suite you have been dreaming of or new interior and paint this winter season. We are a direct lender so underwriting and approvals are quick and easy for qualified buyers. Lets talk insurance while your looking to upgrade your aircraft. Many times USAF Insurance can save pilots on their insurance needs as well. We will do all the leg work to find you the best rates available to you as we work with all “A” rated insurance companies.

Call US Aircraft Finance Today at 802 434-4100 or email us to get started

Happy Anniversary US Aircraft Finance

Time Flys with US Aircraft Finance and so can you

Happy 20th Anniversary to US Aircraft Finance,

All of us at US Aircraft Finance want to thank our customers for their loyalty and support during our 20 years in business. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon on your next aircraft purchase.

US Aircraft Finance now offers financing for select jet aircraft (noncommercial use) so if you are looking to move up to something bigger and faster do not hesitate to contact our office. We also offer 25 year term and some of the lowest rates in the industry for well qualified buyers.


Oshkosh 2018 23rd- July 29th 2018- Come join USAF

Come and see USAF at Oshkosh this year in Hangar A booth 1033. Whether your an existing customer or a potential new one we would love to meet you face to face and answer any finance and insurance questions you may have.  This year Alex Savoie and Pauline Fortune will be at the event all week long and look forward to meeting you. More to come in the coming months.

Hurricane Season and Carriers working with you

August 24, 2017
Hurricane Activity Notice and Aircraft Insurance 
Most carriers will reimburse for expenses (most up to $500)  to move an aircraft out of hurricane watch or warning areas. Contact your insurance agent today and get more information. If you are coming up on an insurance renewal and would like US Aircraft Finance & Insurance to get you new quotes for your aircraft, simply complete our on line insurance application and we will take care of the rest. We are here for you for all your insurance and finance needs. Call today 802 434-4100