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Knowing When It Is Time To Look Beyond Your Maintenance Staff

Knowing When It Is Time To Look Beyond Your Maintenance StaffChances 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. Continue reading Knowing When It Is Time To Look Beyond Your Maintenance Staff

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Simple Tips For Choosing The Right Engine

Simple Tips For Choosing The Right EngineMaybe one of your aircraft has finally suffered a breakdown it can’t recover from. Or maybe you’ve noticed that you’re not getting the level of performance you need from a specific engine. No matter the problem, there’s a chance that a new engine will handle the job. If a replacement or overhaul isn’t what you need, and a brand new engine is what you’re looking for, you’ll still have to take the time to choose the right engine for the job. Luckily, there are a few things that can help ensure you pick the right one.

We offer a full repair, overhaul, and engine replacement service, but it all starts with your decision as to which engine is the right engine. With that in mind, take a look at a few simple tips that could help. Continue reading Simple Tips For Choosing The Right Engine

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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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Pilot Safety and Warning Supplements Part 3: Maintenance Operations

Pilot Safety, Aircraft MaintenanceIn addition to understanding pilot safety recommendations that pertain to flight and system operations, a pilot must understand the safety requirements that fall under maintenance operations of the aircraft as well. Like all vehicles, an aircraft requires inspection and maintenance on a regular basis, many of which are outlined in operational manuals and other publications. While maintenance is usually performed by aircraft mechanics and other trained personnel, it is the pilot’s responsibility to confirm that all recommended inspections and maintenance are completed.

Unauthorized Repairs and Modifications 

Repair facilities must follow established repair procedures. Unauthorized modifications could void any warranties associated with the aircraft and jeopardize not only pilot safety, but also the safety of passengers and the airworthiness of the plane itself. Modifications to an aircraft beyond those authorized in the operations or maintenance manual could result in the information provided in those manuals to be inaccurate, resulting in an aircraft that is no longer properly maintained, even when regular maintenance is performed.

Older Planes 

An older plane requires more care and maintenance than newer models. Areas where an older plane may need additional attention include:

  • Wing attach points
  • Fuselage carry out throughout the structure
  • Wing span capstrips, especially lower ones
  • Horizontal and vertical stabilizer attach points and spar structure
  • Exhaust and cabin heater systems
  • Around all doors, windows, windshields and other cutouts of the airplane as these are pressurized structures that could fail
  • Landing gear
  • Engine mounts, beams and cowlings
  • Control surface structure and attach points

These parts of the plane are susceptible to wear, deterioration, fatigue, environmental exposure, and accidental damage, which could jeopardize pilot safety.

Aircraft Corrosion 

Left unchecked, corrosion can cause structural failure, but because the appearance of corrosion varies with metals, it can go undetected. In some types of metal, pitting and etching indicate corrosion, while copper and copper alloys show corrosion as green or red deposits. Corrosion is part of the normal wear and tear of an aircraft, and minor corrosion may not significantly alter the strength of the metal. However, leaving the corrosion unchecked could result in cracks, which is why addressing aircraft corrosion is critical to pilot safety. Treating corrosion depends on the type of metal, the part of the aircraft that becomes corroded and what caused the corrosion. Corrosion can be effectively controlled if action is taken early.

Every aspect of the aircraft must be properly maintained, and confirming that proper maintenance of the plane has been performed is the responsibility of the pilot. In addition to routine maintenance, pilot safety requires that the restraint systems be operating properly, that the exhaust and fuel systems are inspected and maintained, and that landing gear is operating properly. For more information on pilot safety, visit us at www.covingtonaircraft.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest aviation news.

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What to Look for When Renting a Private Plane or Jet

aircraft-engine-repairsTravelling in a private plane or jet is not only a luxury, it also makes travel less stressful. There are fewer delays due to aircraft engine repairs, no security lines, and a relaxing travel experience with only passengers you choose as companions.  Today, many companies offer private jets or planes for rent so that those who prefer travelling in a private plane avoid the aircraft engine repair, fuel, and storage costs.  However, it is important to know what to look for when renting private aircraft.

Type of Aircraft

The first thing to determine is the type of aircraft that best suits your needs.  If you are travelling with just one or two other passengers for a short distance and have a limited budget, you would probably choose a light jet.  For those travelling a longer distance with a larger group, a heavy jet may be the better option.  Heavy jets offer more options, such as flight attendants, full meal service and entertainment, but are more costly than light jets.  Always ask about aircraft engine repair, no matter what type of aircraft you choose.

Ask About Aircraft Engine Repair

When checking with jet rental agencies, ask about the maintenance of the available planes.  It is always best to choose rental agencies that are FAA-authorized operators, as they are more likely to follow all regulations, and whose airplane mechanics are well-versed in aircraft engine repair.  Ask to see the plane, both inside and out, so that you can be sure the plane meets your needs and is structurally and mechanically sound.

Request Documentation

Be sure to request FAA documentation, insurance information, and records of third-party audits of the charter companies.  Every charter must have a valid Part 135 air taxi certificate, and charter companies should be able to provide an Air Carrier Certificate issued by the FAA.  Higher insurance limits also indicate that the company has been audited by an insurance company and that there is a greater likelihood that the company will provide a safe flight.  In addition, the Aviation Research Group and Wyvern often conduct independent audits, reviewing safety, aircraft engine repair documentation, and other facts related to charter airlines—the results of which are published and easily accessible upon request.

Visit us at www.covingtonaircraft.com for more information about radial and turbine engine overhauls, maintenance, and repair.  Learn more about aircraft engine repair by finding us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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What Do You Know About the Eurofighter Typhoon?

aircraft-engine-repairThe Eurofighter Typhoon, among the world’s most advanced new generation combat aircraft, offers a careful attention to design, requires minimal aircraft engine repair, and is Europe’s largest military collaborative program.  The twin-engine canard-delta wing, multirole fighter is created by a trio of companies—EADS, Alenia Aeronautica and BAE Systems—acting under one holding company, Eurofighter GmbH, formed in 1986.  Covington Aircraft, a leader in aircraft engine maintenance, offers insight into this magnificent plane.

History of the Eurofighter

As early as 1971, the United Kingdom identified a need for a new fighter aircraft. The initial design, known as the P.96, met the requirements of the UK, and was very similar to the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.  Due to the popularity of the Hornet, the P.96 showed little room for growth or the possibility of an export market.

However, West Germany, which also had a need for a new fighter plane, developed the TKF-90, which was a cranked delta wing with forward canard controls.  The British agreed to the overall configuration and entered into an agreement with Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) and British Aerospace to develop a plane that, at the time, was called the European Combat Aircraft.  In 1979, the Eurofighter name was attached to the aircraft.  There was significant political turmoil regarding the plane, as various countries demanded specific options, including radar selection and carrier capabilities.   The maiden flight of the aircraft took place in Bavaria on March 27, 1994, flown by Chief Test Pilot Peter Weger.  The United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain procured orders for the plane, beginning in 1998, and on Aug. 4, 2003, Germany accepted the first Eurofighter.

Eurofighter Capabilities

The Eurofighter Typhoon, with its relaxed stability and design, operates with agility at both supersonic and low speeds.  The plane features a glass cockpit with three full-color multifunction, head-down displays.  User needs were given high priority in the design of the cockpit as feedback from military pilots and specialists at the testing facility helped create the layout and functionality.  The aircraft provides a Flight Control System that allows for rapid and automatic recovery with the press of a button should a pilot become disoriented.  The plane offers voice control and a search and track system superior to many other fighter planes.

Eurofighter Aircraft Repair

Like most fighter planes, the Eurofighter Typhoon has aircraft engine maintenance requirements.  In 2011, a Typhoon sustained extensive damage during landing when the landing gear did not deploy.  The accident was deemed to be pilot error, but the National Audit Office observed that this incident happened at a time when a shortage of parts existed, mostly due to limited distribution of parts from several European countries.  This resulted in longer than average aircraft engine repair times.  These issues have since been resolved, and the Eurofighter Typhoon, according to aviation mechanics, has similar maintenance and repair instances as other planes.

Visit us at www.covingtonaircraft.com for more information about radial and turbine engine overhauls, maintenance, and repair.  Learn more about aircraft engine repair by finding us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Mobile Repair Teams | Aircraft Engine Repair

Wouldn’t it be great if your engine would give you a little signal before it needs repair, so you would have time to fly it in for service for an aircraft engine overhaul?

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. That’s why Covington Aircraft has Mobile Aircraft Engine Repair Teams on hand to help you out, no matter where you are.

Covington can dispatch a mobile aircraft engine repair team within hours to diagnose your engine and give you an engine condition survey to see if you require a simple repair or an aircraft engine overhaul. They can even perform a hot section inspection.

Other on-site services include engine removal and installation, accessory changes, boroscope inspections, and engine rigging assistance.

And, of course, all services meet Pratt & Whitney Canada quality standards, so you know you’re receiving the highest level of service out there.

So, if you find yourself stuck somewhere and needing some aircraft engine service, call Covington Aircraft. Their mobile aircraft engine repair team will meet you wherever you are and get you back up and flying in no time.

For more information on Covington’s lineup of services, visit CovingtonAircraft.com. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about our aircraft engine overhaul services.

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Airplane Repair is Vital to Your Freedom and Success

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.”  Henry Van Dyke

freedom-of-flyingFor many people, owning an airplane is not just about saving money, but about freedom, even when it comes to crew, hangar, and aircraft engine maintenance.  Even those who are not pilots enjoy the ability to travel at their convenience, with no required return time.  In addition, owning a plane means that you will have intimate knowledge of the aircraft and its maintenance history.  However, an airplane that needs repair and cannot fly can threaten that freedom and cost significant amounts of money above the cost of the repairs.

Air Travel Vital to Business

Top business executives know that air travel is vital to business, especially in today’s global economy.  For this reason, many companies are turning to executive jet ownership due to its convenience and cost savings over commercial airline travel.  Executives have the flexibility to fly anywhere in the world with minimal notice and can avoid much of the airport hassles that affect commercial travelers.  Unfortunately, when the executive jet is grounded due to repairs, it is not always possible for a meeting in another country to be postponed or for an executive to cancel a speaking engagement at a prime industry function.  These factors are what makes airplane repair vital to executive jet ownership.

airplane-repairWell-Maintained Aircraft Reduce Repairs

One of the keys to keeping aircraft repairs down is to keep the airplane well-maintained.  Just like a car, airplanes require regular, routine maintenance tasks be performed at certain intervals.  Having your plane inspected regularly and serviced per manufacturer recommendations will help keep your plane in the air and reduce AOG time.  In addition, good maintenance can also reduce the airplane repairs required on your aircraft.

Airplane on Ground = Revenue Lost

Whenever an airplane repair requires an Aircraft on Ground determination, a company could lose money.  If your company uses an aircraft to transport supplies to customers, an AOG determination will keep those supplies from being delivered, and those customers may have to purchase them from a competitor.  If a company aircraft is used to fly employees to vital meetings or industry functions, an AOG determination could result in the need to fly commercial airlines at significantly higher ticket costs than privately owned aircraft.

“To invent an airplane is nothing.  To build one is something.  To fly is everything.”  Otto Lilienthal

Using your own aircraft for your business can provide significant cost savings over commercial airlines, but it is important to remember that the longer your airplane is in disrepair, the more money you stand to lose.  Covington Aircraft has some of the fastest turnaround times on maintenance in the industry.  Get the freedom and joy of flying back and your business back in the air.

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