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Importing a/c into Australia

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Hi,

 

Noob here. Is it feasible to import aircraft into Australia to avoid the complete madness prices some people are asking for desirable models? There is a huge discrepancy in prices from the US to AU and the exchange rate and ferrying don't make a dent. I can understand importing if there isn't a plane in the model you are seeking, but is there an economic reasoning?

 

 

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Yes, its feasible, and quite commonly done.

 

Don't forget that you will pay GST on the plane, the transport, the insurance etc, etc.

 

It cannot be stressed enough that before you hand over a brass razoo, you have the plane thoroughly inspected by a qualified Australian aircraft engineer who has a lot of experience with either the exact model of plane you are buying, or with the construction type - all metal; rag and bone, composite. It will cost you around $5000 to send an Aussie engineer to the States to do the inspection, but if you do that , you won't be buying a pig in a poke. There's many a person who has not had that inspection done by an Aussie and now has a very expensive piece of aviation artwork.

 

OME

 

 

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I'm not 100% sure but possibly some instruments may need to be changed to "southern hemisphere" spec?

 

Could be expensive in a certified aircraft....

 

If it is a less common aircraft and there is an Australian dealer, you could be blacklisted by them for parts and sevice.

 

If you do need any maintenance or service, it may be cheaper to get it done before it arrives also....

 

If it is an LSA or going to be RAA registered, check that it will meet Aus standards.

 

A few RAA aircraft imported have a lower mtow than Aust sold aircraft.

 

And as OME said, your gst will be on everything......all the small things add up. Customs inspections, various BS warf fees, etc.

 

I think there were 17 different charges last time I brought something in, in a container.

 

 

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Downunder, this a/c will come with a glass cockpit. and yes there is an Australian distributor and dealer. Blacklisting customers generally speaking is a breech of consumer law. If the importation was legal and the a/c for business they would want to play a tight game.

 

 

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Downunder, this a/c will come with a glass cockpit. and yes there is an Australian distributor and dealer. Blacklisting customers generally speaking is a breech of consumer law. If the importation was legal and the a/c for business they would want to play a tight game.

I agree with you totally, but how it IS and how it SHOULD BE, don't always meet in the middle.....

 

It basically comes down to "We don't support aircraft we don't sell".

 

Not saying all are like that but just do your homework.....that's all.

 

 

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The only instruments that need to be altered are:

 

1: Change from inches Hg to millibars on the sub-scale

 

2: Readjust the magnetic compass for Southern Hemishpere declension.

 

Neither are big jobs, if you can find a CASA approved instrument maker.

 

 

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