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Why is Regular Aircraft Maintenance Important?

10 May 2022   Aircraft Maintenance

One of the most important aspects of running a successful aviation business is ensuring a strict regimen of aircraft maintenance. Not only is it vital to keep your planes operating smoothly and economically for the longest possible time, but it also helps to ensure the safety of your crew and passengers. Here is a guide to the essentials of aircraft maintenance.

What Is Aircraft Maintenance?

Aircraft maintenance consists of strictly scheduled and regulated preventive inspection, servicing, testing, and repair. Its purpose is to keep aircraft safe and airworthy. 

Types of Aircraft Maintenance

There are four types of aircraft maintenance: service, line, base and depot.

  • Service maintenance includes all the routine checks and tweaks that maintenance staff do during and in between a plane’s regular flights. Pilots and ground crew log all activity and issues, and then monitor these records to track and resolve problems.
  • Line maintenance refers to any maintenance tasks that can be performed by flight line personnel. This type of maintenance is relatively easy compared to other tasks, and is also performed more often than other types of maintenance. The checks that the pilots do before each flight called pre-flight inspections, fall into this category.
  • Base maintenance is a more intensive and thorough version of line maintenance. It includes inspections, overhauls, improvements, and modernization programs. These operations are all performed at base level, and require mechanics, specialists, and facilities that would not be available in flight. They also require more time than is available during a pre-flight check.
  • Depot maintenance consists of specialized operations in which parts are removed from the aircraft and sent to workshops for repair and maintenance. Parts such as engines may require this kind of work several times during their lifespan. 

Importance of Aircraft Maintenance

The point of aircraft maintenance is to ensure that planes remain safe and usable for as long as possible. The various types of aircraft maintenance are strictly regulated because the lack of a thorough pre-flight check, and improper or out of date maintenance can cause fatal accidents.

For one, aircraft maintenance prevents lost travel time. Any time a plane spends grounded, due to repairs that could have been avoided through preventive maintenance, equates to lost revenue, and typically a more expensive repair bill. Frequent, planned maintenance will prevent this from happening. Regular maintenance also improves aircraft performance and it extends the active life of the plane. In addition, it keeps passengers and crew safe by ensuring the aircraft is 100% airworthy.

Monmouth Jet Center has on-site mechanics who can provide repair, inspection, and aircraft maintenance services for most types of propeller planes and jet engines. In addition to our aircraft repair services, we also provide ample aircraft hangar space for aircraft storage and maintenance. Contact us for more information about our services and facilities.

The Benefits of Using a Fixed Base Operator

3 May 2022   Learn to Fly

Fixed-base operators (FBOs) are enterprises with rights to operate at an airport and provide a range of aviation services. FBOs offer several benefits to passengers, pilots, and airport authorities. It is FBOs that facilitate the chartering of private flights, and all the services that make these possible. Here is what you need to know about FBOs and why you should consider making use of one for your future travels. 

What Is a Fixed-Base Operator?

The term FBO is applied to a commercial enterprise that has been granted the right to operate at a particular airport and provide a variety of air-travel-related services. These services could include the provision of hangar space, fuel, parking, flight crew and passenger lounges, office space, and more. An FBO essentially acts as a private airline terminal. You will find FBOs at both large, public-use airports and smaller, private or executive airports. The term FBO dates back to the early days of aviation, when the industry was unregulated and its operators mostly ran informal and mobile businesses. After the 1920s, as regulations were enforced in the aviation industry, operators had to adapt and set up more permanent bases. These new, formalized aviation businesses were called FBOs to indicate that they no longer worked from temporary, mobile bases of operation.

Benefits of Airport FBOs to Passengers

Essentially, FBOs offer a premium air travel experience, as opposed to the more “mass market” offerings of commercial airlines and their support contractors. The main benefits that make up this premium experience are as follows.

More Private and Laid-Back Experience

With an FBO, you, as a passenger, will enjoy personalized service and fewer of the restrictions and inconveniences that usually come with commercial air travel. There are no queues and crowds to worry about, boarding procedures are far more relaxed, and, on the whole, the experience is stress-free and luxurious. Some FBOs even permit passengers to drive right up to the plane and board it without having to wait in an airport terminal.

Great Customer Service

FBOs deal with fewer passengers per flight, and are thus able to offer them their full attention. All questions are answered personally, and you may even have the opportunity for a meet-and-greet with the flight’s captains before take-off.

Exceptional Amenities

FBOs provide top-level amenities for their clients’ comfort – both onboard and on the ground. Standard conveniences include comfortable, private passenger lounges, as well as the provision of refreshments, and even rest facilities.

Fast Boarding and Check-In Process

FBO clients can skip all the usual security and check-in procedures. You can often simply step onto the plane after showing your ID to a pilot or flight crew member. You do not have to deal with any of the waiting that has become so closely associated with commercial flying.

Experienced Flight Crews

FBOs hire only the best and most experienced flight crews. As the flights are much smaller than those run by large-scale commercial operators, flight attendants are able to offer personalized service, attending to each passenger’s needs and providing you with the best flight experience possible.

Monmouth Jet Center is a fixed-base operator dedicated to providing a gateway to the Jersey Shore, as well as the greater New Jersey and New York area. We provide charter services and aircraft hangar space, in addition to all the other services and facilities you would expect from a high-end FBO. For all the benefits of a world-class, fixed-base operator, charter your next flight with Monmouth Jet Center.