Maybe one of your aircraft has finally suffered a breakdown it can’t recover from. Or maybe you’ve noticed that you’re not getting the level of performance you need from a specific engine. No matter the problem, there’s a chance that a new engine will handle the job. If a replacement or overhaul isn’t what you need, and a brand new engine is what you’re looking for, you’ll still have to take the time to choose the right engine for the job. Luckily, there are a few things that can help ensure you pick the right one.
We offer a full repair, overhaul, and engine replacement service, but it all starts with your decision as to which engine is the right engine. With that in mind, take a look at a few simple tips that could help.
• Know What You Want or Need – The first step to getting what you need is actually knowing what you need. Are you looking for an engine that will give you significantly more power, or one that is highly reliable and easy to maintain? Ask yourself what you need from the engine, and you’ll be much more likely to find the one that works best for you.
• Set Your Budget – But be realistic about it. You’re not going to get a great engine for 1,000 bucks. Take some time online to find out more about the average prices of engines so you know what to expect to spend.
• Ensure Compatibility – Even if you’ve found the perfect engine for your needs and budget, there’s still a chance that it won’t’ work for you because of compatibility. Certain aircraft bodies just won’t accept certain engines, so you’ll need to take a moment to ensure that the compatibility of the engine matches your plane.
• Educate Yourself Further – This is the step that’s often overlooked. By now you’ll probably have your engine choices narrowed down to a couple of options. But you need to learn a little more. Look at maintenance methods and requirements, performance history, and more. This way you’ll know everything about the engine so there are no surprises.
• Used or New? – Finally, decide as to whether or not you really need a brand new engine. For example, in our service facility we offer numerous used and reconditioned engines that work as good as a new one but are considerably less. There are advantages to having a brand new engine, of course, and the key is to weigh the investment cost against those advantages.
These simple tips can help you find the right engine for your needs. There are more specific factors to consider as well, but starting with these points will help guide you towards the right engine for your aircraft needs.