Aircraft have a lot more moving parts involved. After all, an airplane does so much more than your average vessel. You want your aircraft to take off, stay in flight, and land at your command. And like cars, aircraft need regular maintenance, as well.
Should you need it, licensed aircraft engineers like Flinders Aviation are available for repairs and maintenance. But a lot of the fixes can be prevented with regular troubleshooting and a little TLC.
Here are some of the concerns regularly encountered.
Engine Fan Blades
Fan blades take a lot of damage in the aircraft. They are moving edges that are exposed continuously to climate, humidity, dust, and debris.
Worn fan blades, however, are very avoidable. Be sure to check your aircraft’s fan blades every 12 months. While you’re at it, apply lubrication to each fan blade. This will keep your fan and engine running nice and smoothly.
An aircraft’s air conditioning system is also necessary, no matter where you fly. Colder climates need warmer cabins and vice versa. As such, the heat exchanger of the aircraft’s air conditioner goes through a lot of use.
It is important to inspect the air-conditioning heat exchanger at least once a year. Check for buildup from either fluids or debris. However, it is important to remember that this timeframe may vary depending on where your aircraft is stored.
Fuel Tank and Aircraft Fuel
Your aircraft’s fuel tank is also a major cause of expensive repairs. Depending on where your aircraft is parked, humidity and temperature can contaminate your fuel supply and cause unwanted build up. This can cause your engine to work harder resulting in complications in the future.
To prevent this, you must regularly drain your fuel tank — especially if the aircraft hasn’t flown in quite some time. Also, a regular sampling of your aircraft’s fuel can help you determine if the fuel is safe for use.
Keeping these simple steps in mind can keep you flying those friendly skies and avoid an unwanted dive into your savings.