When you think about aircraft engine maintenance, you most likely think about inspecting each part and ensuring that they are operating according to specifications. However, there are other aspects to engine maintenance that can be just as important.
Just recently, Pratt & Whitney — the makers of one of the most popular lines of engines for any aircraft — developed a new service that has everyone thinking twice about all of their received knowledge on aircraft maintenance.
Under the “Ecopower” label, the Pratt & Whitney brand now provides pressure washing of engines that has huge implications for the performance and longevity of even the most finicky radial engine. Of course, most cleaning focuses on turbine blades.
When you are going through your checklist of engine maintenance tasks, it’s a good idea to at least consider the possibility of washing out the engine and all of the benefits this can provide.
Why Should You Power Wash Your Engines?
Before power washing your engines, be absolutely sure that your engine is one that can stand up to the pressures generated. Speaking to an authorized MRO will help you ascertain whether or not power washing will help you.
Once you have the “all clear” from an expert, you can expect all of the following benefits:
Less Risk Of Overheating
Overheating is one of the main operational risks that you take on when you are using an older or smaller turbine engine. Reduced likelihood of overheating makes aviation that much safer.
Improved Engine Efficiency
Improved efficiency works hand in hand with reduced overheating risk, helping to ensure that you will get better performance at a much lower fuel consumption for months in the future.
Enhanced Engine Life
Lack of cleaning over long periods of time can contribute to damage that even the most skilled aircraft maintenance mechanic can’t fix. Periodic washing may add years to an engine’s life.
What About The Runoff From The Process?
You should have a plan in mind for the safe and sensible disposal of the engine runoff, which can be highly toxic. If you are working with a major distributor or MRO, they will generally be able to collect the runoff for you.
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