You Regularly Schedule an Airplane Engine Overhaul, but How Often Should You Clean Your Aircraft?

aircraft-cleaningMuch like your car, cleaning your aircraft is important to avoiding corrosion and damage.  Like an airplane engine overhaul can add new life to your engine, cleaning can add new life to the body of your aircraft.  Most commercial airlines wash their aircraft once a month, but smaller, commuter aircraft can go a bit longer between washings.

Climate

One reason to regularly clean your aircraft is due to the climate aircraft regularly travel through.  Aircraft are regularly exposed to an environment very similar to a marine environment, sea water and salt air.  Because air at higher altitudes is moisture laden, it is more detrimental to aircraft than air closer to the ground is to a vehicle.  This means that cleaning an aircraft regularly is as important as washing your car regularly.

Foreign Material

The biggest threat to corrosion on an aircraft is contamination, soil, atmospheric dust, oil, grease, exhaust, spilled battery acids and caustic solutions that can accumulate on the aircraft over time.  By scheduling regular cleanings of the aircraft, you can reduce the risk of corrosion and extend the life of the aircraft—almost as much as an airplane engine overhaul can extend the life of the aircraft engine.

By scheduling regular cleanings of the aircraft, you can extend the life of the plane and protect the exterior of the plane from corrosion and damage.  Removing foreign material from the plane is a controllable factor which affects the onset and spread of corrosion and extends the life of an aircraft.  For more information on airplane engine overhaul and aircraft maintenance, feel free to contact us. 

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