If you have multiple aircraft, from two to twenty, the odds are that you have at least some kind of maintenance team that helps keep those vehicles running the way they should. It could be a single mechanic, several of them, or even you yourself taking over the maintenance requirements of your planes, but you already know the importance of maintenance and follow the basic guidelines of it.
And with the right conditions, your basic aircraft maintenance team can probably handle a lot. Things they could handle include:
• Visual inspections
• Diagnostic checks
• Fluid level checks and maintenance
• Bolt and part tightening or adjusting
• And more
But what happens when you face something you can’t handle? The first step is being able to recognize that it’s beyond your team’s scope of abilities.
Some examples include:
• Strange noises during operation
• Handling problems that aren’t obviously diagnosed
• Visual damage beyond your repair level
• Inability to start an engine
• Regularly scheduled overhauls
• Total engine replacement
Those are just a few basic examples. And in most cases, when you see a problem that your team can’t handle, you’ll know it. But the key is making sure that when that problem comes up, that you find the right team to help you with the problem.
Here are a few tips to help you with that:
• Find a company that handles the kind of engine your planes use. Different engines use different designs, and the more experience a company has with your engine, the better.
• Look to see if they’re an authorized MRO. That way you know that their technicians are as skilled as possible and that they have the most resources for a repair or overhaul.
• Be certain that they can actually replace your engine if need be. Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that an engine is irreparable and then being told that the facility your plane is at can’t handle a replacement.
Really, all of this comes down to what makes sense. When you encounter something your team can’t handle, you need to be able to realize it and admit it quickly so that you can send your aircraft somewhere that can repair it. Then you need to be sure you find the best facility for the job. Do those two simple things, and you’ll be able to get your aircraft back in the air quickly and keep your business moving along smoothly.