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Aviation Banking

Expert banking solutions
for the aviation industry

Count on Signature Bank aviation specialists for a solid financial flight plan.

Flexible financing to get your projects off the ground

Banking in the aviation industry is undeniably complicated. Signature Bank has broad aviation banking experience with deep knowledge of industry nuances, such as managing cash flow, modernizing or expanding infrastructure, structuring loans, and navigating complex regulations.

We proudly serve many aviation-related owners and operators nationwide. We understand the intricate nature of aviation financing, where financial requirements often differ from traditional businesses.

  • Fixed-base
  • Private aircraft
  • Hangars and other
    ground-based assets
  • Charter operations
    (Part 135 operators)
  • Airport operations

Customized solutions to address
your banking challenges

Banking is not one-size-fits-all, particularly in an industry as specialized as aviation. Signature Bank offers flexible, custom financial solutions, from aircraft, hangar and equipment financing to loans on leased land. Our bankers are easily accessible and provide guidance and financing options that are customized to each client’s unique aviation needs.

  • Aircraft financing for CFR Part 91
    or CFR Part 135 operators
  • Customized corporate credit programs
  • Hangar construction and permanent financing
  • Expanded FDIC insurance coverage on deposits
  • FBO improvement, working capital
    and equipment financing
  • Corporate credit cards and lines of credit

We move fast, so you can too

We understand your time is valuable. Signature Bank clients have quick and easy access to experienced, knowledgeable bankers who are empowered to make fast decisions for you and your business. Our clients have high expectations for their own businesses, and as their trusted banking partner, we hold ourselves to the same standards.

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“One of the key challenges we face in aviation is that it’s very difficult to find a lender with an in-depth understanding of our industry. That is what makes Signature Bank so unique – I don’t have to explain aviation industry nuances, best practices or federal obligations. They know our space and we both value a successful relationship.”

Nick Martino
Vice President of Operations for CloudNine,
a private hangar complex in Camarillo, CA

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Aviation banking experience

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A commercial real estate developer worked with Signature Bank on development of a luxury executive hangar at a California airport. The hangar offers 255,000 square feet of ramp space and features upscale amenities and customization opportunities for aircraft operators who desire privacy, security and luxury in their own exclusive hangar and office.

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A Wisconsin-based charter operator works with Signature Bank to finance six aircraft, including two turbo prop Beechcraft King Airs and four Embraer Phenom 300 jets. The client operates on a CFR Part 135 Air Carrier and Operator Certification, employing pilots, mechanics and corporate staff. In addition to financing the aircraft, Signature Bank provides cash management services including corporate credit cards, which are used by pilots for fuel, travel and lodging. We’ve worked closely with this client to find ways to structure credits and analyze business operations and maintenance to finance the business.

Making connections that help you make deals

In the aviation industry, making connections is critical. Signature Bank has a national network of aviation contacts who can help clients achieve their aviation goals. We also belong to industry organizations like the National Business Aviation Association, National Aircraft Finance Association and American Association of Airport Executives.

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Signature Bank offers fully automated online and mobile banking that’s accessible anytime, anywhere with secure, multi-factor authentication. Check balances, transfer funds, deposit checks and get real time information reporting from Signature Online Banking platform or mobile app. Our team is available to create a custom dashboard for your personal and business banking needs.

Contact us

Learn more about how Signature Bank can assist you and your company with aviation financing needs. 

Contact one of our aviation financing experts today. 

Ross Thompson

Senior Vice President, Division Head


Dave Wymer

Senior Vice President Commercial Banking


Let our Signature Bank team assist in reaching your business goals and aspirations.

Contact us for more information.

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