Aircraft Financing

Airfleet Capital Aircraft Financing


About AirFleet Capital

Steve Smestad private avation financing

Steve Smestad

AirFleet Capital is a privately owned general aviation Aircraft Financing company. We were founded in 1994 by Steve Smestad; a private pilot and aircraft owner. With a focus on becoming a leading aircraft financing company, we are dedicated to delivering the most competitive rates, exceptional service, and absolute satisfaction with your relationship with us.  AirFleet has grown to become one of the largest and well-known Aircraft Financing originators in the United States.  We have built our reputation squarely on the satisfaction of our customers and always doing the right thing.

Our staff is 100% dedicated to aircraft lending and making your customer service experience the fast, efficient and professional experience aircraft buyers are looking for during the most exciting time of your aviation experience – owning your own airplane! With over 5,000 aircraft financed, we have the experience to coordinate all of the moving parts of your purchase process. We work directly with insurance firms, title and escrow companies, the FAA and sales organizations to ensure a smooth ownership transition and accurate FAA recordation of your purchase.

AirFleet Capital supports aircraft manufacturers and sales organizations by providing Airplane Financing options for their buyers and continuously working with lenders on competitive and evolutionary programs to support buyers’ changing needs. We have a history of this in providing preferred financing support, establishing special ownership programs, and running captive finance programs for various aircraft manufacturers. We are very active in the industry attending monthly trade events, speaking to owner groups, and meeting with our customers face to face – all in support of general aviation and to keep our fingers on the pulse of our buyers’ needs. The best compliment we have ever received from an industry salesperson was, “You all understand our customer because you are our customer.” AirFleet prides itself on living, breathing, and evolving with the general aviation industry.  We are dedicated to getting our job - your financing - done.

We know the excitement, joy (and stress!) associated with buying your new aircraft.  We would appreciate the opportunity to share in your journey and help make your purchase as easy an experience as possible. Our smart approach to aircraft buyers, sellers, and lenders uniquely aligns us with the goals of all parties who share our passion to be a part of the general Aviation Industry and community.