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Maintenance Tips for Aircraft Engines: How to Keep Your Engine Running Smoothly

13 June 2023   Aircraft Maintenance

The health of your aircraft engine is of the utmost importance. It’s the heart and soul of your aircraft, not to mention a very valuable asset, so investing in regular maintenance is highly recommended. Depending on your knowledge and skill level, there are certain routine maintenance checks you can perform yourself, while others are best left to licensed professionals. Here’s how to keep your aircraft engine running smoothly from our reliable aircraft mechanics in New Jersey.  

How to Get the Maximum Life Out of Your Engine

  • Run the engine at least one hour a week. Similar to how you shouldn’t leave a car sitting without running the engine for a long period of time, nor should you leave an aircraft engine sitting without running it. This will prevent rust build-up and help extend the life of your engine.
  • Keep the engine temperature at a setting that maximizes its life. Damage can occur if an engine is running at too hot or too cold of a temperature – the precise temperature will depend on the type and size of the engine. 
  • Minimize large temperature changes when flying. Flying through various climatic zones can result in drastic temperature changes, which can increase wear and tear on your engine. Some of the damage that could occur are cylinder head cracks from shock cooling, so it’s important to really assess the flight route you’re taking before take-off to minimize temperature changes. 

Use Gauges

Gauges allow for more precise temperature control. While all aircraft have oil temperature gauges, you can monitor engine temperature information using two additional gauges:

  • Cylinder head temperature (CHT) gauge: This gauge measures the temperature at the cylinder head, which is a crucial indicator of the engine’s health. 
  • Exhaust gas temperature (EGT) gauge: This gauge measures the temperature as the exhaust leaves the cylinder. 

Have Your Engine Inspected Regularly

We recommend investing in regular maintenance checks from licensed and insured aircraft engine technicians. They’ll be able to troubleshoot your engine and identify any little issues before they become big problems. In the end, regular maintenance saves you money because it can prevent costly breakdowns from occurring. Regular inspections are especially important if you’re flying over salt water, because salt can cause your engine to corrode more quickly if you don’t keep it clean. 

Perform Repairs Immediately

If one of your engines needs a repair, don’t stick it in a hangar and save the repairs for a rainy day. Repairs should be performed immediately to reduce the extent of damage to other parts of the engine, and to ensure the problem doesn’t become worse. 

As mentioned, aircrafts are a huge investment and we recommend keeping the engines in the best possible condition. Through a combination of regular maintenance, timely repairs, and temperature monitoring, you can help extend the life of your engine and keep it running smoothly for years to come. 

For more information about proper aircraft engine maintenance,  please contact our team at Monmouth Jet Center today and visit our website at: https://monmouthjetcenter.com

New Technology for Preheating Your Aircraft Engine

20 December 2022   Aircraft Maintenance

During these cold winter months it’s important that you properly preheat your aircraft engine before taking flight. Much like you preheat your car on a freezing morning, you should also preheat your aircraft engine because when you start an aircraft engine cold, the pistons are forced to work overtime and it causes excess wear and tear on your engine. 

While standard heating methods like block heaters, dipstick heaters, and hot air blowers are tried and true methods of preheating your aircraft engine, new technologies have been developed that are more convenient and efficient. Let’s explore several of these heating methods. 

The Standard Methods

Block heater

A block heater is a small heater that is embedded into the engine itself, so it will need to be installed. A cord runs from the block heater to an electrical outlet, allowing your engine to warm up thoroughly before you use your aircraft. How long you’ll need to keep it plugged in before using your aircraft depends on the size of your engine, it can be anywhere from two to six hours.

Dipstick heater

A dipstick heater replaces your regular oil engine dipstick, and it heats the oil in your engine directly. These heaters need to be installed professionally, and are more commonly used in smaller aircraft engines. Dipstick heaters also need to be plugged in so they can warm the oil in your engine, so you’ll need access to a nearby electrical outlet. 

Hot air blower

Hot air blowers, generally powered by propane, diesel, or gas, are commonly found at many executive airports. These heaters are set up on a cart that easily moves from aircraft to aircraft, and a large, cylindrical vent runs from the heater into your aircraft to warm it. 

New Technology: Cellular Access To Control Your Heater

The aircraft industry is always interested in easier, more convenient, and more efficient ways to preheat aircraft engines. One impressive new product called Switchbox allows you to turn on your preheater using your iPhone or iPad, so you don’t have to venture out into the chilly night to preheat your aircraft engine. 

With Switchbox there’s no risk of leaving your heater running too long if you decide not to fly, or forgetting to turn it off, because you can set custom timers to switch off your heater at the time of your choice. You can also simply send a text message to turn off your heater, and you’ll get a reply text to confirm the heater has been turned off. 

With remote heating options like Switchbox, you don’t have to trudge to the airport the night before to plug in your engine heater, you don’t have to worry about finding airport staff to preheat your engine if you can’t do it yourself, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to switch it off. It’s convenient, efficient, and ensures your aircraft is ready to fly. 

For more information about the new technology for preheating your aircraft engine, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at Monmouth Jet Center today. We look forward to hearing from you.

World-class jet services offered to operators

2 November 2021   General

At Monmouth Executive Airport, we’re proud to offer world-class jet services to our clients. Flying doesn’t need to be stressful, and we offer operators everything from basic fuel to full concierge service. Conveniently located near New York City and many other popular destinations, Monmouth Jet Center welcomes charter jets, private aircraft, and aircraft operators to use our airport and experience the difference. The level of service you’ll receive with us is unparalleled!

Monmouth offers fast fuel

When charter jets land at a destination, they often need to re-fuel quickly and take off for their next trip. At Monmouth Jet Center, we offer fast refuelling so you can be on your way to your next destination. When you refuel at larger commercial airports you often have to wait in a line, but you won’t need to wait at Monmouth.

Convenience even on short notice

Need an aircraft hangar on short notice? That’s no problem! Many jet operators prefer to use smaller regional airports like Monmouth Jet Center because they’re conveniently located and have available hangar space.

Aircraft de-iced with environmentally-safe fluids

Now that we’re in the winter months, de-icing your aircraft is essential. Unfortunately many de-icing fluids contain harsh chemicals that are damaging to the environment, but at Monmouth Jet Center we only use environmentally-safe de-icing fluid.

Full customs and security clearance facilities

Safety and security is of the utmost importance to us, and we offer full customs and security clearance facilities without the long wait times you’ll encounter at large international airports. You’ll be cleared through security and boarding your flight in no time. 

Ground transportation services

We have on-site rental car services and can arrange a taxi or limousine for you. Monmouth Jet Center is conveniently located near NYC, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore, so you can de-plane and be on your way to your destination quickly with your vehicle of choice. 

Aircraft cleaning

Our aircraft maintenance team offers cleaning and repair services to keep your aircraft in top working condition at all times. Keeping planes and jets clean and well maintained is important for safety and for the life of the aircraft. 

In-Flight Catering

Part of traveling on a private jet charter is enjoying the many amenities that come with it, including in-flight catering services. Whether you just need snacks and coffees for a shorter flight, or a full meal service for longer trips, we’ve got you covered with many delicious food and drink options. 

Terminal services

We want you to be as comfortable as possible while waiting in the terminal, which is why we provide WiFi, drinks, snacks, restroom facilities, and a lounge area for your leisure.

For more information about using Monmouth Jet Center, or if you have any questions, please contact our team today or visit our website at: https://monmouthjetcenter.com/