Chances are good that if you’re managing a fleet of airplanes of any size, you have at least one person on standby who handles maintenance on those aircraft. It could even be you who takes on the role of maintenance worker, delivering checks and routine work to the aircraft to keep it working properly. Whether it’s you or a handful of others, the simple truth is that sometimes you may need to look beyond your staff and trust the team at a professional overhaul facility. Knowing when it’s time to get some additional help is important.
It can also be tricky. We know you trust your team, and that’s great. But sometimes a project comes along that they simply can’t handle or that they aren’t equipped for. That’s the first step towards figuring out if you need to turn somewhere else – size of the job.
In general, a maintenance team will be able to handle things like routine inspections, minor maintenance processes such as fluid changes and gear adjustment, and some other basic steps. Depending on their experience and your facility, they could handle some other steps as well.
But when it comes to major repairs and overhaul, most facilities aren’t equipped properly and most maintenance teams aren’t qualified to handle these more complex tasks. When an issue arises, it’s usually better to turn elsewhere like a fully certified overhaul facility – one like ours.
It’s also important in many cases that you turn to the certified overhaul facility when jobs are incredibly important, need to be finished by a certain date, and when you want a guarantee that they’re done correctly. The experienced technicians at our facility, for example, are able to provide fast, flawless work when you need it. While your own team is important as well, they can’t always match that level of service.
Finally, remember that in some cases access to the right parts and components is much more difficult if you aren’t a certified provider for an engine company. You may have to turn to these facilities just to get the right part for the job.
There are plenty of times when your team can handle the job on their own. But there are also plenty of times when you need some additional help. If you find yourself facing the latter situation, it’s important to be able to recognize it and take the appropriate steps.