My name is Paul Quinn and I began appraising aircraft in 2009 when I got certified by the National Aircraft Appraisers Association (NAAA). A year later after completing their appraisal requirements and attending their course I became Senior Certified Appraiser.
Later that year I attained my USPSP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices) certification from the NAAA. This is the standard now required by the IRS for personal property charitable donations in excess of $5000.00 and is used in many legal proceedings. The USPAP/NAAA appraisal, like real estate appraisals, uses two additional comparative evaluations to back up the NAAA data, and when done properly are very difficult to challenge.
I attend yearly classes with the NAAA to maintain my certification as a Senior Aircraft Appraisal, now referred to as NSCA (Senior Certified Aircraft Appraiser).
Over the last 5 years I have done hundreds of appraisals of which 20 to 25% have been to the USPAP standard, for both charitable contributions and for legal proceedings.
As of this date I have not had to testify in court, nor have any of my appraisals been legally challenged to my knowledge. Part of our training is how to conduct ourselves if and when we do have to testify.
The majority of my appraisals have been on single and twin engine airplanes, single engine turbo props and experimental aircraft and helicopters (amateur built aircraft as defined by the FAA).
I have been flying since I was 16 years old and finished my career as a Captain for Northwest/Delta Airlines in 2010 with over 23,000 hours of flight time. I am familiar with and have flown hundreds different types, makes and models of aircraft over that period. I hold both land and sea ratings.