Rachel's Expert offer is,
conscientiously carried out
appraisal of aircraft in the form of

- Valuation Report   - PreBuy/PPI   - De/Registration   - Delivery   
- Handover   - Repossession

- Aircraft & Record Inspections


Owning or wanting to own a business jet ?

  • In hangar inspected for valuation
Where do you want me to step in?

  • You are actual happy with your aircraft?

  • Likewise, you feel it is a bad time to adapt the aircraft to your real requirements?

  • The bank never bothers you in requesting asap a certified aircraft appraisal?

  • Do you blindly trust your operator or maintenance statements?

  • You are satisfied with your service provider's answers to your legitimate questions?
Yet looking for a Jet?


Rachel McKay, Expert Witness, offers within the private aviation industry one of the best technical aviation consulting services. From finding the best fit aircraft for her clients, including establishing the appraisals or performing thorough aircraft & record inspections.

Her aviation consulting services include assisting in the selection of the appropriate aircraft model to suit the client's mission, requirements, and budget. Handling the im-/export of an aircraft, including but not limited to assisting clients legal departments or aviation lawyers in LOI / APA contracts preparation and negotiation.

Overviewing the pre-purchase inspections and protecting her client's interests as buyer of this very specific asset. From the check- and ferry flight until the de-/registration process with the competent aviation authorities like e.g., EASA, IOMAR, FAA or other NAA; her service is including all technical aspects. Over the aircraft acceptance to the owner change, until final the aircraft deliver, this all is part of her service portfolio.


The aircraft search and appraisal service is performed around the globe.
Whereas, Rachel services are inquired regularly by HNW clients with a European heritage or their family offices. The appraisals are typically requested directly by the bank community, e.g., for asset financing purposes. For the aircraft search, she uses fostered resources and connections or, if necessary and to broaden the field, she partners mainly with US- or UK-based broker colleagues.​

As a member of the major industry associations, she is also part of an international network of industry-leading companies in Europe and the US that provide support and assistance around the globe. Thus, to find the best “On-” or even better “off-market” deals for her aircraft owner clients.

From the beginning of her career as aircraft mechanic, pilot and business economist, she is proud to provide professional and personalized services to her clients through gained technical knowledge. With the use of state-of-the-art technological tools in her aircraft inspections and appraisals, she can deliver up-to-the-minute detailed market data including worldwide capabilities. Thus, to allocate aircraft at the best possible “Fair Market Price”. To find for her clients the finest aircraft with the best value anywhere in the world and provide a positive, hassle-free experience to her clients.


​With a combined aviation experience built up since July 1975, in military aviation, aircraft airliner production and airliner maintenance, Rachel has been part of numerous aircraft transactions. Since 2001 mostly involving and specialized in Corporate / Business Jets, mainly pre-owned out of Europe or the US. ​

Throughout the years she was able to establish strong relationships and partnerships with principal players in the Aviation Industry like; Aircraft Manufacturers, Maintenance Companies, Financing Institutions, and Insurance Agencies; to better assist her clients in reaching the best possible services they deserve.

Rachel admits: "The aviation technical appraisal is not rocket-science, but requires only conscientiously carried out work and attention to a myriad of details". ​

It will be her pleasure in assisting her clients to overcome the hassles and time-consuming details of these not complicated, but complex transactions.

Let's find you the best YET !
Rachel McKay Independent & Neutral - Publicly Certified Sworn Expert Witness Corporate Aircraft above 5.7 t MTOW

Exemplary aircraft appraised so far:

  • Morning haze on B737 before survey on-site
Rachel on her way to an aircraft survey on the Apron
On her way to an aircraft records inspection at MRO
Aircraft Physical Inspection performed on the Apron
A Lear 60 PPI / Pre-Purchase-Inspection in an hangar


"Vielen Dank für das Gutachten.

Ich habe in der Vergangenheit oft bei Airliner Flugzeugen mit großen Gutachter-Firmen
zusammengearbeitet, aber ich muss anerkennen, dass ich noch nie ein so umfangreiches und
überzeugendes Gutachten in so kurzer Zeit, wie von Rachel McKay, bekommen habe.

Interessant sind die Details des Gutachtens.
Der Zustand des Luftfahrzeuges ist zwar insgesamt gut, aber an den Kleinigkeiten
erkennt man doch den Unterschied. Selbst bei uralten Flugzeugen hätte es nicht
annähernd so viele Findings gegeben.

Ich werde mir jetzt sehr genau überlegen was ich mit dem Flugzeug mache.“
 Hans Rudolf Wöhrl - im Oktober-2020

"Rachel McKay kept a positive "can do" attitude and solved problems at every turn throughout the past 2+ months.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to getting this deal completed.
It would be great to work with you on another deal!”  

We will certainly keep you in mind when we need some assistance in Europe.
I can tell you that our firm was very pleased with your reports and how thorough you are.
Good job and thank you for your help. Hope to do more soon.”

Thank you for the information below and your great support, coordination, planning, negotiating,

flexibility, approaches to find solutions, availability and commitment that made this sale a success.
We are very happy to have you as an essential partner to close this deal".

Thank you to you and your team for all of your efforts in seeing this transaction through to fruition." 

No doubt, I will keep you in mind on future opportunities. Since our portfolio consists principally of
corporate aircraft, I have no doubt it would be value to us, now and in the future."

The transaction is officially closed! Attached you will find the FAA date stamped Bill of Sale.
I would also like to extend a special thanks to Rachel for handling all of the myriad details

that have come up during the course of this entire transaction.
Again, congratulations on the sale of the aircraft!


Rachel inspecting a EMB 500 at MRO-site
Record Check performed by Rachel at MRO site
During a visual inspection in a Citation Jet landing gear bay
Relaxing from work during a flight in a PA28 above "New Swanstone Castle" Southern Bavaria
Early Morning haze before Rachel inspecting a B737
A CRJ200 inspected by Rachel in an hangar for valuation
A Falcon 2000 Pre-Buy Record Survey at a MRO / CAM organization
Performing a Bombardier GLEX Survey
As elected chairwoman of the GAEA—German Aviation Expert Association, leading a meeting

Capability List

Starting her aviator’s life on the 1st day of July 1975, here 

Rachel McKay’s past Practice Areas:

General Aviation Aircraft

Piper PA28
Cessna C172 - Cessna C172RG
Robin Acrobat DR400

Military Aircraft
Lockheed F104 Starfighter
Breguet Atlantic BR1150

Selection of aircraft personally appraised and surveyed so far, 

...listed out of my memory, may not be complete  ;o)

Airliner A320-class

Airbus ACJ A318/319

Pilatus PC-9 (military version) - PC-12




Rachel McKay will cross-read your LOI or APA to ensure technical requirements in the purchase are meet. 

However, she is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, tax, or similar professional advice and services. 

As such, her technical consultation should not be used as a substitute for consultation with 

professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisers. 

Before making any decision or taking any action, a CLIENT should consult a legal or tax professional adviser.