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How to Buy a Private or Corporate Jet: Choosing the Perfect Plane & Cost Considerations

Although private planes can cost millions of dollars, corporate executives and individuals who fly an average of 350 to 400 hours per year are finding that corporate jet ownership actually can save the company money.  Before embarking on such a large purchase, it is important to understand all the pros and cons of owning an aircraft.

Choose the Correct Plane

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Jets can range from small, light aircraft that can fly 5 to 8 people around 2000 miles to large, 12-passenger planes that can travel more than 4,000 miles.  Prices can range from $3 million for a small plane to over $45 million for a large plane.  The current economy has caused an influx of used jets on the market, but these are not always the most economical purchase.  Federal Aviation Association (FAA) regulations require specific compliance at airports and bringing a used jet into compliance can be expensive.  New jets often come with a tip-to-tail warranty and some offer special engine programs which charge a low hourly rate for mid-life inspections and overhauls on the engine that will be required later.

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Just as the purchase price on a car is not the only cost factor to consider when buying, jets also have other costs that will be incurred long after the corporate aircraft is purchased.  Insurance, fuel, catering, pilots and other expenses can be very expensive.  There are management companies that will handle these expenses for you for a fee, usually between $100,000 and $200,000 per year.  Repairs and maintenance can be unpredictable and some repairs can ground your plane indefinitely.  Airplane parts are usually fairly expensive, as one part can cost as much as $50,000.  Some engine repair facilities, such as Covington Aircraft can decrease that downtime with AOG Services and with expert aircraft engine knowledge.  Loaner engines are also available to reduce your downtime during repairs.

Owning a corporate jet can actually save money in the reduction of time executives spend in airports, on commercial jets and in line at security checkpoints.  Corporate jets have the ability to be customized to allow a better working environment and more comforts than commercial jets can provide.  Covington Aircraft provides and overhauls the best engines in the world, including the PT6A aircraft engine.

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Covington Aircraft: Internationally certified destination for Aircraft Engine Overhauls

Did you know that Covington Aircraft is internationally certified for maintenance, repair, and overhaul of PT6A turbine engines and R-985 and R1340 radial engines?

David Hamilton, aviation expert, is here for your needs and explains our global reach!

We’re excited about providing service to our customers here at home and worldwide in the Global Aircraft Community!

Covington Aircraft helps customers worldwide so no matter where you are, we can take care of you.  Whether your engine is being overhauled in our state-of-the-art Pratt &Whitney Canada approved facility, or we are coming to work at your location, Covington is your Global Aviation partner.

Call us from anywhere in the world or visit us on the web at covingtonaircraft.com

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General Information about Aircraft Engine Overhaul

There are variables which can alter the TBO for an aircraft engine.

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TBO (Time Between Overhauls) is determined by the manufacturer of the engine.  It is meant to suggest the service life between overhauls when flown at a minimum interval (40 hours per month for one manufacturer).  Aircraft power plants love to fly, the purpose for which they are built. If they are used less frequently than this suggested interval, they will become prone to moisture build up and corrosives in the oil, shortening the service life of the motor when not brought to operating temperature on a regular basis.  Also, some engines will be exposed to extreme conditions that should be taken into account.  Life for an engine operating primarily in dry, dusty conditions, near salt water, in varied climates or any combination of these is subject to extra wear.  There is a reason planes don’t come with roadside assistance. It’s the same reason to adhere to the TBO.

The reason for aircraft engine overhaul isn’t necessarily to prevent cataclysmic failure of the power plant.

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An engine is built to tolerances.  When it is “fresh,” such as when new or after an overhaul, the tolerances are very close.  Normal wear on the metal parts causes these tolerances to widen.  There is a point in the design of the motor where the tolerances increase and performance is affected.  When this happens oil consumption can increase, power can decrease and the risk of failure of an engine component increases.  Overhaul is as much about inspection of the engine parts as it is about repair or replacement and this cannot be done during any other time of aircraft maintenance.  Inspection of the components and their interactions can play a major role in the diagnosis of a problem before it causes failure.  Inspection is the most precise and important part of an overhaul and cannot be performed in a careless manner.

What is entailed in an aircraft engine overhaul.

The term “engine overhaul” means the process of maintaining and restoring equipment, machines or systems to serviceable conditions.  This involves the disassembly, inspection to detect damaged, defective or worn parts, the repair or replacement of these parts and the reassembly, testing and trial-run prior to the return to its full operating level.  There are two types of overhaul: major or top overhaul.

What is performed in a major overhaul?

In a major overhaul, the engine is completely disassembled.  Every part is inspected, repaired as necessary, reassembled, tested and approved for return to service within the fits and limits specified by the manufacturer’s overhaul data.  This could be a return to the fits and limits of new, or to serviceable limits.

What is performed in a top overhaul.

The top overhaul consists of repairs to parts outside of the crankcase.  This can be accomplished without the complete disassembly of the engine.  It can include the removal, inspection and repair of cylinders, inspection and repair of cylinder walls, pistons, valve-operation mechanisms, valve guides, valve seats and the replacement of pistons and piston rings.  Reassembly and testing follow this to ensure that the return to service life is trouble-free.

The TBO is more than just a suggestion.

The life of aircraft engines isn’t easy.  There are many factors that come into play when determining the serviceable life.  The metals inside go through a great deal of heating and cooling cycles due to the internal combustion process as well as the cool-down period after flight.  Metals begin to degrade over time due to these cycles.  Metal-to-metal wear due to improper lubrication and during start up (running the short time before lubrication can make it to the parts) take a toll on the engine.  The very design of an engine is to allow for expansion to tolerances after operating temperature range has been achieved. This means that until this range is reached, the tolerances are operating at less than optimal, which allows extra wear to occur should anything but the minimum of power be applied.  Add to this operational conditions, such as interval of use and environmental conditions, and the need for regularly scheduled inspection of all working parts becomes quite clear.

With so much riding on the line, the very best of care should be taken when selecting the facility to perform service on aircraft.

Covington Aircraft is a Pratt & Whitney Canada certified distributor and designated overhaul facility, offering service on all their turbine and radial aircraft engines.  We also perform annuals, 100 hours and most service-related work on any airframe.  We have flight safety personnel ready to service your needs.  If for any reason we are unable to provide a service for you, we can provide you with contact information of someone who can.  In our 47,000-square-foot facility, we offer state-of-the-art engine testing, new engine installations, complete overhaul service using the latest equipment, and we maintain a complete line of engine parts and accessories so we can get you back in the air in the shortest time possible.  We are ready to perform all stages of engine repair and overhaul work in-house on both radial and turbine aircraft engines.  When you add to this the service, dependability, commitment to quality and competitive pricing that is part of our policy, you will understand why we have been in the business for nearly 40 years.

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Corporate Jet Series – Most Expensive Celebrity Business Jets blog – Covington Aircraft

Which Celebrity Owns the Most Expensive Business Jet?

Information about the highest-priced jets owned by celebrities  is not easy to find.

The answer to this question will have to be a multiple answer because the price paid for a business jet can add up to a good deal more than the price of the jet. With the price of customization of an aircraft as an unknown, it is hard to determine which high-flying palace cost the most.  The concession will be a listing of who owns what and let your imagination run wild from there. One thing is for certain, there are people out there who own some beautiful aircraft.

If we are going to list the most expensive business jets, why not start with the biggest?

The biggest of the business jets we found belongs to Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google.  Their Boeing 767-200 wide body is by far the biggest. During the customization of the interior, there was a legal issue with the designer, so the total cost of refurbishment included legal fees.  This flying penthouse features two private staterooms, seating for fifty and, of course, a kitchen.

John Travolta loves to fly his Boeing 707-138B.

QANTAS-John-Travolta-707-100B-N707JT-59-V-JetGrd-MIA-BDLRThe price of this plane comes into question. John received his 707B from Quantas Airlines as payment for his continued ambassadorship for the airline. Built in 1964, the 138B was a model only purchased by Quantas. This model is 10 feet shorter in the rear fuselage, making it the shortest of the 707’s and helping to give it an increased range. Purchased by Quantas new, it has since been through a number of owners, including Frank Sinatra from 1972 to 1975.  It shares its home with a vintage Gulfstream IISP and the Travolta family. Yes, the family lives in a home near Ocala, Fla., off of John’s 1.4 mile private airstrip.  The planes are both berthed in carport-like structures that are attached to the home.  The Travolta home resembles a squat control tower. The 707 is the family vehicle while the Gulfstream is John’s sports car.

Oprah cruises around at Mach 0.85.

Oprah-JetThe leathery interior of the Bombardier Global Express XSR was purchased by the production company, HARPO, for Oprah Winfrey.  It’s touted as the most expensive business jet at $49.3 million just for the jet, excluding interior furnishings.  With a 94-foot wingspan and a 99-foot, 5-inch length, it is not as large as the commercial liners, but it will leave them behind.  Cruising at Mach 0.85 (Mach 0.89 top speed) it will travel 6,150 miles with a ceiling of 51,000 feet.  Designed to seat nine and a crew of four, the cabin sports 6 foot, 3 inches of head room and a floor-line width of 6 foot, 11 inches with a length of 48 feet. This aircraft has been in production since 2005.

What will power your flying penthouse?

When considering a power plant for a corporate aircraft, three things should come to mind: dependability, versatility and the latest technology.  Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A can provide the power to ensure you are receiving the value your investment in an aircraft should deliver.  The reason to own a private or business jet is to ensure you can get where you need to go, when you want to go there.  Covington Aircraft is a Pratt & Whitney Canada authorized distributor and designated overhaul facility.  Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft has seen a lot of overhauls, knowing what makes the PT6A the most popular engine in its class.  Offering state-of-the-art engine testing facilities and new engine installations, Covington Aircraft maintains a complete line of engine parts and accessories so they can get you back in the air in the shortest time possible.  Competitive pricing on aircraft engine services ensures that what is important to you is important to them, especially your bottom line.

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Global Turbine & Radial Aircraft Engine Sales and Overhaul Company has long Local History

Find our more about Covington Aircraft at www.covingtonaircraft.com

It’s pretty cool to say you work for an aircraft company.  Hi everyone, I’m Aaron Abbott and I’m proud to say that I work for a company that has been around for almost 40 years.  When Covington Aircraft first started, it began working on the Pratt & Whitney R-985 and R-1340 radial engines as a way to take care of the air cargo industry.

Now, Covington Aircraft is one of the few OEM authorized MRO facilities in the world.  Still true to our beginnings we continue to overhaul and maintain the radial engines, but in the mid 90’s we added the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6a series engines to our list of capabilities.  This allows us the ability to take care of the corporate and agricultural markets in a more effective way.

Covington Aircraft is not just a company that specializes in the overhaul and maintenance of aircraft engines, but also sets an example for other companies with its tried and true dedication to being a company entrenched in integrity.  Our word is our bond.  It is our goal as a company to provide the customer with dependable service, at affordable prices, and it is our commitment to do this with exceptional service.

We’re among the world’s leading maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities, specializing in the PT6A turbine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines and accessories.  And we are proud to offer the fastest turnaround time and lowest prices in the business.

We also offer 24 hour worldwide aircraft on ground support.

Feel free to contact us today at covingtonaircraft.com

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Turbine Engines Education Series – Service, Overhaul and Things to Look For on your Turbine Aircraft Engine

Covington Aircraft is ranked among the world’s leading maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, providing any service you need for your aircraft on the ground.  Specializing in PT6A turbine and R985 and R1340 radial engines, and a Pratt & Whitney Canada Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility (DDOF), Covington can handle your turbine engine work.

 

What’s First?  How Do We Proceed From Here?

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Representatives at Covington are only a phone call or email away.  Let them know where you and your engine stand.  David Hamilton, Vice President of the Turbine Facility can be reached by phone or email (www.covingtonaircraft.com).

Who Do I Speak To When I Have Questions?

Covington Aircraft is proud that those who answer questions at their facility have over 100 years of experience.  You can be sure that when you call Covington Aircraft that you will not be transferred repeatedly and that “your guy” is still there.  Call 918-756-8320 and ask for:

  • Robert Ramirez or Ted Neal for Parts
  • Ron Hollis for Customer Technical Support
  • Annette Stewart for Accounts Receivables and Payables
  • David Hamilton for General Questions and Quotes

What If You Are Not Listed on My Engine Model as P&WC approved?

Aircraft engine overhaul is not a necessary remedy for all engine issues.  Covington Aircraft does turbine maintenance on all PT6A engines and can usually take care of any maintenance issue.  If for some reason Covington can’t help you with your problem, they will point you in the right direction to someone who can.

What Kind of Treatment Will I Get If I Just Have One Aircraft?

Covington Aircraft has grown their business one aircraft and one customer at a time and not based on just a quick sale.  Covington prides itself on looking out for their customer’s best interests and builds a relationship that addresses more than just an engine.  Their goal is to make you feel appreciated whether you own one aircraft or a thousand.

Do You Do Airframe Work?

Having experienced, Flight Safety trained personnel, Covington Aircraft can do annuals, 100 hours and most service related work on almost any airframe.  If they are unable to do so, they will recommend someone who can to be sure your expectations are met.

Can You Take Care of My Engine Change?

With our new 47,000 square foot hangar facility in Okulmgee, Oklahoma engine changes are no problem.  However, if necessary, Covington Aircraft can come to your location.  Remember, if you have your aircraft engine overhaul done at our facility, removal and installation is labor free.

Can You Handle My Warranty Issue?

Whether it is a Covington Warranty or a Pratt & Whitney Canada Warranty, Covington is there to provide customers with whatever support they need.  As a Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility for Pratt & Whitney Canada, Covington Aircraft is authorized to process your warranty and will work to provide you with the quality service you expect.

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Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing in the PT6A turbine engine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines.

Covington Aircraft, with 39 years of experience in aircraft engine overhaul and turbine engine maintenance, is ready to provide you the service you need for your operation.  For more information on how Covington can take care of your aircraft on the ground, visit www.covingtonaircraft.com.

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