When you’re in the aircraft business, a lot of different things will have an impact on your bottom line. Of all those things, the most important will still be the most obvious – your aircraft. Keeping your planes in the air is vital for your business, and it’s important that you take the time to keep them running. There may come a time when you have to replace your engines – maintenance and repairs can keep them running for years, but eventually you’ll have to put a new engine in the plane.
Finding the right aircraft engine is important, and there are several different things you should consider to help make the process easier – and ensure that you get the perfect engine for your needs.
Here are some of the key steps to help you choose the right aircraft engine for your needs:
• Consider Compatibility – The first thing you’ll need to do is ensure that you’re looking at engines that actually fit your plane. For instance, while the R-1340 will likely fit a huge range of planes, there are a few that it simply won’t fit properly. Pay attention to mounting and compatibility issues.
• Look Into Power – Even smaller engines like the PT6A can deliver big levels of thrust and horsepower. Engines that are too small may not have the thrust to lift a plane off the ground, while engines that are too large could damage the plane itself. Consider the amount of power that you need from the engine and then shop based on what you’re looking for.
• Maintenance – Also pay attention to the level of maintenance that a particular engine will require, and be sure that your team of technicians can handle the basic maintenance needs of the engine. While outsourcing larger maintenance steps will be needed, you should understand the principles of basic maintenance and be able to handle it to some degree.
• Price – Obviously, price will have an impact on the engine you choose. But look into things like refurbished, overhauled engines that could save you money and still give you a great engine for the price. Your budget matters, but it shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor when buying an engine since it really is a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Shop based on value, not lowest total price.
If you’ll keep these simple points in mind you should be able to find the perfect aircraft engine for your needs, no matter what.