One of the most important requirements in owning an aircraft is understanding aircraft engine maintenance, so an aircraft engine overhaul may be necessary to keep an engine running like new. An overhaul consists of removing, disassembling, cleaning, inspecting and repairing an aircraft engine. Costs can run high with the extensiveness of an aircraft engine overhaul, thus it is important to know what to consider before choosing an overhaul company.
Aircraft engine overhaul is always required – this is one of the most important things to remember. Based on the Time between Overhaul (TBO), every aircraft engine must be removed, dismantled, checked and repaired as necessary. The engine, after being reassembled, is reinstalled in order to remain in service. For most engines, the TBO is 1,800 to 2,000 hours, which means many years between overhauls for a plane not flown often.
Asking an aircraft engine overhaul facility whether the work will be outsourced or done on-site is advised. A company that outsources the overhaul, even if it is a segment of the work, loses quality control over service completion. Therefore, be sure the facility you choose performs the work in-house.
Costs of an engine overhaul should be quoted based on the type of aircraft serviced and the time passed since the last overhaul. Price can also vary on which series of overhaul the customer requests. Facilities should not offer a “one-size-fits-all” price for aircraft engine overhauls.
The time for completing an aircraft engine overhaul depends on the type of aircraft and the series of overhaul requested. On average, an aircraft engine overhaul can take between two and three weeks, depending on the engine’s status and any approval delays from the customer for additional repairs.
When choosing a facility to perform an aircraft engine overhaul, it is important to look at what the price actually includes. A good facility should be able to give you a rough estimate of the time needed, inform you if outsourcing is required, and give you a cost estimate based on the type of aircraft and the series of overhaul desired. For more information on aircraft engine overhaul, join our online community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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