Category Archives: Aircraft Engine Overhaul

The Big Benefits Of Using A Certified MRO

The Big Benefits Of Using A Certified MROYour aircraft are your lifeblood. No matter the industry you’re in, when you have to oversee and manage a fleet of any size, it’s important that they get taken care of the proper way and that you are able to keep your bottom line in the black instead of the red. Continue reading The Big Benefits Of Using A Certified MRO

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The Surprising Past Of The PT6

The Surprising Past Of The PT6By now, you’re probably at least vaguely aware of the PT6 and its impact on aviation. As the single most popular engine in its class, this turboprop is found in literally thousands of aircraft throughout the world. Manufactured by Pratt and Whitney, the PT6 began its life in the 60s as the ST6. This was essentially an industrial version of the current model, but one that delivered the same high levels of performance and reliability that are still associated with the engine to this day. Continue reading The Surprising Past Of The PT6

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Why Finding An Authorized MRO Is So Important

Why Finding An Authorized MRO Is So ImportantIn the aircraft field, a lot of different factors are important. Everything from routine inspections to maintenance to choosing the right new engines or parts for your aircraft will influence its performance and lifespan. And just as choosing the best parts or engines and choosing the best maintenance schedules are important, so is choosing the right repair, maintenance, and overhaul provider. In most cases, finding an authorized MRO is the best option.

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Just What Is Aircraft MRO?

Just What Is Aircraft MRO?There are plenty of different terms in the aviation field that those involved will learn, and one of the single most important aspects of the industry is without a doubt aircraft MRO. But just what is MRO and why is it so important that you utilize it on a regular basis? At Covington Aircraft, we believe that you need to know the facts about this subject, and taking a closer look at the basics will help you understand those questions and more.

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New, Repaired, And Overhauled Aircraft Engines: It’s What’s For Dinner

New Repaired And Overhauled Aircraft EnginesIt doesn’t matter what you use your aircraft for in the business world – a grounded aircraft means lost money. Any time your precious aircraft sits on the ground because of engine problems, you lose money. Any time your aircraft sits because you have missed your engine overhaul, you are losing money. But when it comes to engine maintenance, the old adage applies; you need to spend money to make money. Continue reading New, Repaired, And Overhauled Aircraft Engines: It’s What’s For Dinner

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The Importance Of In Depth Knowledge Of The PT6A For Effective Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul

Knowledge Of The PT6A For Effective Maintenance Repair And OverhaulSmall engine aircraft work much differently than larger commercial aircraft. They use different engines, fuel types and safety equipment. You can take your small engine aircraft to any old aircraft maintenance hangar for you overhaul, but you may want to think twice. You may want to take your business’s aircraft to someone who knows the PT6A engine intimately. You may want to take your aircraft to a company that is committed to a passion for small aircraft that started decades ago. Continue reading The Importance Of In Depth Knowledge Of The PT6A For Effective Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul

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What Are Aircraft Engine OEM Approvals And Why Is This Important In An Overhaul

What Are Aircraft Engine OEM Approvals And Why Is This Important In An OverhaulYour aircraft is due for an engine overhaul. Whether it is a PT6A engine from Pratt and Whitney, or the R-985 and the R-1340 radial engines, you want the best work done to maintain your aircraft’s resale value. But your main goal during an overhaul should be safety. You want your plane’s engine to be overhauled with OEM approved parts. This is the safest way to perform a full engine overhaul. Continue reading What Are Aircraft Engine OEM Approvals And Why Is This Important In An Overhaul

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What Is An Aircraft Engine Light Overhaul?

What Is An Aircraft Engine Light OverhaulYour TBO isn’t just about your safety; it is also about the resale value of your PT6A engine and aircraft. Your aircraft will not sell very quickly if your maintenance log books aren’t kept up to date. You want to have a reasonable amount of work done on your engine at all recommended intervals so that the next prospective owner knows that the airplane is in tip-top shape. Continue reading What Is An Aircraft Engine Light Overhaul?

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Aircraft Engine Overhaul Keeps Your Plane Healthy

Aircraft Engine OverhaulAn aircraft engine is literally the beating heart of an airplane, and an aircraft engine overhaul is the best way to keep the plane’s “heart” healthy and functioning smoothly.  Environmental conditions are just some of the factors that can play a major role in wear and tear on an aircraft engine, and an overhaul helps address those issues as well as many others.

Aircraft Engine Overhaul 

An aircraft engine overhaul involves removing, tearing down, cleaning, inspecting, repairing and testing all engine parts.  The time between overhauls is determined by each aircraft engine manufacturer, based on a combination of the hours of service and the age of the engine.  The average time between overhauls for most manufacturers is 2,000 hours.  

Reasons for Aircraft Engine Overhaul 

Aircraft engines function in less-than-friendly environmental conditions, with exposure to corrosive saltwater, dust, and dramatic climate changes—all of which can lead to internal corrosion.  In addition, engines that are subject to short-term use often need more frequent aircraft engine overhauls as short-term use results in increased condensation.  Engines in use for less than 40 hours per month will experience corrosion due to condensation, as the moisture does not evaporate off engine parts quickly enough.  Engine components experience significant expansion and contraction due to extreme heat during operation and rapid cool down upon landing.  Metal that is contracted and expanded often degrades, and parts break down due to friction.

Extend the Life of an Aircraft Engine 

The most important reason to undergo an aircraft engine overhaul is that the procedure will extend the life of an aircraft engine. An aircraft engine overhaul keeps the engine running smoothly and extends the life of the aircraft significantly.

Visit us at www.covingtonaircraft.com to learn more about the aircraft engine overhaul services we provide.  Let’s talk on Facebook and LinkedIn also!

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Jet Engines How They Work and How to Clean Them

Aircraft-Engine-MaintenanceOne of the most important aspects of aircraft engine maintenance is having a clear understanding of how jet engines work and methods used to clean them.  Jet engines, also known as gas turbines, move an airplane by producing tremendous thrust.

How Jet Engines Work

There are many aircraft engine parts that work together to keep flying plane airborne.  The fan, normally made of titanium, draws in large amounts of air into the engine, speeding the air up and sending it in two directions.  Some air is directed toward the core of the engine while other air is sent through ducts to the back of the engine, producing the force necessary to propel the plane.  The compressor, made up of fans with many blades attached to a shaft, compresses the air, creating air pressure.  That air pressure creates energy, which is then forced into the combustion chamber.  Fuel is injected into the combustor, and when the fuel combines with the compressed air, it burns, producing gasses.  The heated airflow is then pushed into the turbine whose blades begin to turn.  The shaft attached to the turbine turns the blades in the turbine as well as the intake fan, removing some of the energy around the fan and compressor.  Adequate aircraft engine maintenance requires an understanding of not only all the parts in a diesel aircraft engine, but what role they play in operating the plane.

Why Wash an Aircraft Engine

As part of aircraft engine maintenance, washing the engine offers better efficiency.  Although an aircraft engine functions at temperatures that will literally vaporize water, engine grease and other substances can build up inside the engine, which reduces the efficiency of the diesel aircraft engine.  Therefore, as part of aircraft engine maintenance, it is recommended you clean your jet engine on a regular basis.

How to Wash an Aircraft Engine

One of the best ways to clean an engine as part of your aircraft engine maintenance is by flowing water, and possibly detergent, through the engine to clean the turbine blades and core.  This reduces carbon build-up and increases operating efficiency.  When an engine is overhauled, aircraft mechanics often wash the plane using detergents and solvents mixed with water; however it is possible to wash an engine while it is still on the plane.

Visit us at www.covingtonaircraft.com for more information about airplane engine maintenance, overhaul, and repair for both radial and turbine engines.  You can also find out about us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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