It’s common knowledge that it’s a good idea to take our cars in for regularly scheduled maintenance. Most of us also know that maintenance should be scheduled when our cars reach a certain mileage. It’s just as important to keep private aircraft on a regular maintenance schedule, as well, but planning that maintenance can be a bit more complicated.
Keeping private aircraft well-maintained is essential not only from a safety perspective, but also because it can help reduce the amount of money you spend on repairs and upkeep. Keeping the interior of an aircraft in good condition is important for upholding the look, feel and functionality of the aircraft, which is why any aircraft owner needs to make aircraft maintenance planning a priority.
Here are some quick tips to help you create an interior maintenance plan for your aircraft:
- Assess your aircraft’s usage. Planes that fly longer and carry more passengers tend to require more upkeep than planes that are used less frequently, so be sure to allot the time and budget for maintenance accordingly.
- Know how long your interiors are meant to last. Everything has a lifespan, and it’s important to take that into account when determining your aircraft’s interior maintenance plans. For example, seat cushions and upholstery have a shorter lifespan than seatbacks and more durable components.
- Find out when scheduled maintenance events should occur. Regular inspections and maintenance events for other areas of your aircraft also are a good time to take stock of your aircraft’s interior. Find out how long the downtime is expected and try to schedule interior maintenance events with similar downtimes for the same timeframe. If a maintenance inspection requires the seats to be removed, for example, that’s a good time to schedule any maintenance to the seat cushions or upholstery because it won’t mean any additional downtime for your aircraft.
Your aircraft’s interior needs just as much care and attention as the rest of it. That’s why having the right plan in place can mean the difference between getting your plane in the air right away or leaving it in the hangar when you need it most.