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The Importance of Private Jet Maintenance

With aviation, there is no tolerance for maintenance errors. Unlike motor vehicles, aircraft cannot simply pull over if a part is malfunctioning. Fortunately, there is a way to protect against this event in the first place – professional private jet maintenance. 

By following a rigorous and continued maintenance schedule, private aircraft can always be kept in near perfect working condition. Today, we will discuss the importance of private jet maintenance and ways in which a good private jet management company can help.

Why is Private Jet Maintenance So Important?

There are numerous reasons why it is in an owner’s or operator’s interest to ensure that their aircraft are properly maintained at all times.

Here are the main considerations when discussing private jet maintenance:

Safety

Safety is the underpinning factor that should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind when discussing private jet maintenance. Considering how far, how high, and how fast private jets travel, there is no margin for error, and the aircraft must be in absolutely perfect working order.

The safety of the crew and customers and clients depends on it. 

At Sun Air Jets, safety is our overriding principle in all that we do. We have a genuine commitment to flight safety. With a just safety policy and a risk-averse culture, we have been registered as level 3 from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, the highest level attainable.

Legal Compliance

While safety is always the dominant concern, there is legislation in place that must be rigidly adhered to to ensure full compliance. This may be based on several factors, including the following:

  • Hours flown
  • Aircraft age
  • Repair intervals for faulty equipment. 

In tandem with this are recommendations and procedures mandated from aircraft manufacturers to ensure that aircraft are kept airworthy at all times. They will specify when specific parts must be replaced and essential equipment that must be fitted to ensure compliance.

Reliability

Regardless of whether you seek to utilize the aircraft yourself or employ it as a charter aircraft when not in use, the reliability of the aircraft is of tantamount importance.

Not only will you be relying on it, but in the case of a charter, so will your chosen aircraft management service. So, it is in both your and their interest to protect your investment.

Understanding Types of Private Jet Maintenance

Line Maintenance

This is the name given to the most regular type of maintenance. You may also hear it referred to as routine maintenance. 

As a general rule, this type of maintenance is performed as part of the aircraft’s usual ‘line flying’. Namely daily service checks, pre-flight maintenance procedures, and overnight inspections.

These items cover the general basics needed to ensure the aircraft runs perfectly day-to-day. It can include things like: –

  • Topping up the engine oil
  • General condition checks
  • Checking brake discs
  • Adding hydraulic fluid
  • Ensuring the tires are correctly inflated
  • Examining the windshield

And much more…

Any good aircraft management company should offer this as part of a maintenance package.

Unscheduled Maintenance

Even with the best of intentions, occasionally, things don’t go according to plan. Ad-hoc maintenance is repairing or replacing things that become unserviceable outside of regular maintenance checks. 

The parts shouldn’t fail entirely to be branded ‘unserviceable’. 

Part of good quality maintenance is prevention as much as a cure. A well-trained and qualified mechanic will be able to identify substandard parts before they fail and have the skills to act accordingly.

Sun Air Jets is an FAA-approved Part 145 repair station with factory-trained technicians, an excellent eye for detail, and the skills to repair and remedy aircraft faults on every aircraft in our fleet.

Routine Maintenance

Even if the aircraft is in perfect working order, routine maintenance checks are carried out at specified intervals to ensure that faults are identified and fixed early. They are as follows: –

A Checks

A checks are performed according to the number of hours an aircraft has flown and the manufacturers’ guidance. As a general rule, they take place once every 500 hours.

The A check is a general ‘overall’ inspection and checks the overall condition of ‘big’ parts, such as the condition of the hull, interior, and engines. 

B Checks

B checks are slightly more involved and can take up to 3 days to complete. This is often referred to as a ‘hangar check’ due to the aircraft being covered while the check is performed.  So a provider with a hangar is a huge plus. This is normally a six-monthly check.

Maintenance technicians require extra time to complete this check. It often requires more internal-specific aircraft components such as hydraulic lines and control cables to be checked.

C Checks

This heavy maintenance check can take over a week to perform on larger aircraft. This is generally performed every two years or at a specific hourly interval defined by the aircraft manufacturer.

This involves a detailed analysis of nearly all the aircraft’s major (and sometimes minor) components.

Due to the extensive time this check takes, it really pays to ensure that you look for a quality maintenance provider who will minimize aircraft downtime.

The importance of private jet maintenance can not be understated. Above all, the overriding concept should be flight safety. 

Provided this is assured, it can become a balancing act between expeditiousness and value for money. Often the two are intertwined.

Sun Air Jets can offer expert maintenance services and private jet management for many different private aircraft types. We are the perfect choice with an experienced team of trained technicians and a deep understanding of owner and charterer requirements. Sun air jets is also Part 145 approved, meaning that our technicians perform their task with Federal Aviation Administration approval and oversight.

As a result, you can be assured of a perfect safety record. Contact Sun Air Jets today to discuss your maintenance requirements.  

What is Private Jet Management

What is Private Jet Management?

While owning your own private jet is a luxury, it can come with its downsides. There is a lot to think about, and often these drawbacks can take away from what should be a positive experience. There is an answer, however. Utilizing a private jet management company can make ownership much easier. Today we are going to take a detailed look at what private jet management is and how it could help you.

What is Private Jet Management?

Private jet management is a service performed by a company that will, in essence, take care of your aircraft and will even oversee its operation. 

This includes things such as hangarage, maintenance, crewing, and even utilization and chartering. You can consider it an investment, and depending on which options you choose, you may find that it can significantly offset the cost.

Which Services Are Included in Private Jet Management?

The private jet management service you receive depends on the provider. As a general rule, you can reasonably expect to find the following services provided by your chosen company: –

Hangarage and Parking 

One of the key features most private jet management companies provide is finding a place where your jet can be safely homed.

Some services offer hangar storage, and others are limited to outdoor parking only. Generally, it will reduce maintenance costs and increase reliability if your aircraft can be stored in a hangar when not in use.

Aircraft Maintenance 

One key advantage of private aviation is that the jet is available at any given time. However, for this to happen, the aircraft needs to be fully serviceable and airworthy at all times too. 

The key to the above is an effective maintenance program. A good private jet management company will be able to take care of this. It will ensure that the aircraft is properly maintained according to a specific schedule. 

Aside from airworthiness, other smaller day-to-day practical things can be taken care of. This includes things such as aircraft fuelling, cleaning, and daily checks. 

Crew Management

Without pilots and crew, the aircraft won’t be going anywhere. If you so choose, a private jet management company will be able to provide crew for your aircraft. They will also oversee things such as rostering, crew pay, and training.

However, this isn’t always necessary. A good private jet management company should be able to work to your specific requirements. So, if you have your own crew choice, they should be able to accommodate this.

Ground Transport

As you’ll already undoubtedly know, your journey doesn’t end when you arrive at the airport. You’ll also need transportation to your final destination. 

With private jet management services, this can come as part of the package. Traveling to and from the aircraft can be arranged as part of the service. 

Chartering

If you don’t need the aircraft to be available at all times, permitting it to be chartered can be a great option. You can offset some of the other costs by offering the aircraft to other parties when it is not being used.

Chartering may not be for everyone. Granted, it will reduce some of the cost, but it is rare that the gains from chartering will exceed the cost of ownership. Chartering also adds hours to the airframe, which means an increase in maintenance and crew costs. Not to mention that some clients simply don’t like the idea of someone else using their property. 

Also, it must be remembered that if you release your aircraft for charter, it might not always be there when you need it, and it is generally the case that charter flights take priority.

Billing and Invoicing

With all of the above, there is an attached cost. And, when you consider the finer points of any of the above, there is quite a lot to think about, making it hard to keep track of the expenses.

Private jet management makes this easier. Most private jet charter companies will assess the cost of all of the above and present you with a single invoice to pay in a given period.

You need to be selective in who you choose in this regard. Knowing exactly where your money is going is of tantamount importance. Transparent billing is something that you should really spend time seeking out. 

Looking for a detailed breakdown of aircraft management costs allows you to keep track of areas where you might make a saving and also allows you to avoid any ‘hidden’ extras.

Why Private Jet Management Could Be the Best Choice? 

In short, private jet management makes life simple. The multitude of ‘small things’ is all taken care of. So, potentially, you can be on your way to your next destination with little more than a phone call.

It is worth bearing in mind that a good private jet management company will realize that no two clients are the same, and you should expect to be offered a degree of flexibility and options when choosing your provider. Here are some other things that you’ll gain from private jet management: –

  • A safe and well-maintained aircraft.
  • Well-trained and reliable crew.
  • Jet availability, based on your own personal requirements.
  • Reduced cost through chartering options.
  • Further discounts as a result of ‘block booking’ services.

Is Private Jet Management Worth It?

Private jet management can be worth it, provided you pick a professional and reliable service. To gain the most benefit, you will need to find a provider who values you as a customer and has extensive experience in managing customers’ assets. 

At Sun Air Jets, we pride ourselves on honesty and transparency. With extensive experience in private jet management, we offer all of the services and benefits that you have read about above. To find out more, visit our website, or alternatively, contact us, where we will be delighted to answer any questions that you may have.

Wings Over Camarillo 2019 Airshow

(Los Angeles, CA – August 27, 2019) – Sun Air Jets was honored to sponsor the 2019 Wings Over Camarillo airshow, attracting more than 14,000 guests over the two-day event. In collaboration with the Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Ventura County Ninety-Nines women’s group, this event helps promote aviation throughout the local community, drawing guests from all over Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Sun Air Jets is proud of its continued support of the annual airshow and helping inspire future generations of aviation professionals.

About Sun Air Jets

Sun Air Jets serves the greater Los Angeles area, and operates one of the safest rated private jet fleets. With bases in Camarillo and Van Nuys, the company’s operations also include a FAA Part 145 repair station, charter, aircraft management, as well as private hangars. Both clients and flight crews can enjoy the full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters. As a result of a flawless safety record, Sun Air Jets maintains the highest safety audit standards in the industry. Above all, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of operating expertise and customer service.