AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT & MAINTENANCE
WHAT IS AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT?
Aircraft management refers to the services offered by aircraft management companies such as Chiota Aviation. Aircraft management can encompass many different items, usually in a custom-built package to simplify aircraft ownership. These services can include aircraft charter management or turnkey aircraft management.
AIRPLANE CHARTER MANAGEMENT
This type of aircraft management allows the client to maintain the operations of its aircraft. With this style of management, the client can generate revenue by allowing the management company to use the aircraft when not in use by the client. The client will have to approve the charter certificate before the charter flight is scheduled.
AIRPLANE TURNKEY MANAGEMENT
In this type of aircraft management, the management firm will take complete control of the private aircraft. The management company will ensure all FAA guidelines are met, manage the crew and payroll, do all of the maintenance and repairs, and arrange details for all charter flights.
WHAT IS AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE?
Aircraft maintenance services provided by Chiota Aviation help to keep your aircraft running smoothly throughout your ownership. Our experienced team will ensure that your aircraft is properly maintained and get all of the scheduled routine maintenance as outlined by the manufacturer. By allowing Chiota to take over your aircraft maintenance, you can rest assured that your plane will last as long as possible.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF AVIATION MAINTENANCE CHECKS?
With the aviation industry being highly regulated, aircraft must be meticulously maintained to meet FAA requirements The FAA requires each airline/operator to establish a Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) Below is a general outline of the different types of maintenance checks for aviation maintenance.
As the most typical maintenance service performed on aircraft, a line check requires minimal tools and is usually done at the airport gate. They are referred to as post-flight, maintenance pre-flight, service check, and overnight checks.
Performed every 400-600 flight hours or every 200-300 flights A check maintenance is typically done at a hangar and usually takes about 10 working hours to complete. A checks usually include general inspections of the interior and hul for damage, corrosion, or mission parts. You will also have service, engine, and function checks such as checking emergency lights, lubricating nose gear retract actuator and checking parking brake accumulator pressure.
Many operators and airlines have phased out B checks and condensed them into A checks. B maintenance checks are usually performed every 6-8 months and schedule about 160-180 labor hours. This usually includes checking alignment and torquing of the nose landing gear spotlight or inspecting the wheel well hydraulic tubing for condition, corrosion, and fluid leakage.
C checks are going to be categorized under “heavy maintenance” and will be more extensive than B checks. This will require an aviation maintenance technician to perform a deep inspection of most of the aircraft’s components. This usually requires an aircraft to be out of service for 1-2 weeks. This usually includes an examination of structures and function for corrosion and damage, checking the operation of the DC bus tie control unit, and in-depth lubrication of all fittings and cables.
Every 6-10 years, an aircraft will undergo a D check. This process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete with as many as 30,000-50,000 labor hours. D checks are comprehensive inspections and repairs of the entire aircraft which means the aircraft must be completely taken apart to inspect for damage and corrosion.