When owning a private jet, the maintenance might seem extremely complex and confusing at first. But if you take a professional executive aircraft management company you can sleep tight at night, knowing that the company, such as Jet Ways, will make sure your jet will be perfectly maintained and ready when you need it.
First of all: safety
Aircraft management is like a car one, the only difference is that it happens to have a lot more than just the yearly test. In order to keep the passengers and crew on flight safe at all times, it is crucial to make sure the aircraft has “air worthiness”. That means the jet can fly from one place to the other without jeopardizing anyone’s safety.
That’s the reason why there are tests and periodic treatment the plane has to go through. For example – there are some parts that have to be replaced in an exact time frame. Other parts must go through tests at a specific time. There is no guessing and maybe: the aircraft comes with very specific timetable that must be done or the plane will not be allowed to fly.
Not all pilots are capable of maintaining a jet. Our CEO (left) is a captain with experience in the maintenance world.
Not all executive jets need a maintenance company
Our company usually advise small private jet owners, with one or two jets at their disposal. These owners use the jets for their businesses and do not fly others on them for payment. That difference is important, because private owners don’t have a logistic or management base like the commercial flights’ owners do.
If a jet owner uses his private jet for commercial use (legally of course) than he/ she must have a logistic team taking care for more than just the maintenance – also the charter timetable and crew. The law forces having executive jet management charter team if they wish to have their licensing. That means having an executive jet management fleet of people making sure the aircraft is maintained just as it meant to.
Private owners, on the other hand, don’t need to hire a team. All it takes is to have a company that is familiar with all the regulations and procedures regarding the aircraft – such as Jet Ways. We have miles of experience on that field, with our CEO managing a business jet for many years while flying it.
Regarding executive jet management, Europe is different than the United States. The hourly pay for mechanic is different, for example. In overall, we can say that European maintained will usually cost more than the American one.
Manage the crew, the logistic and the mechanical maintenance of the jet. That includes:
- Purchasing all that is needed for the flights
- Planning the flights’ schedule
- Planning the flight’s route, transport to and from the airport, meals on flights, hotels…
- Appoint the necessary maintenance at the right time
- Fixing whatever needs to be fixed
- Preparing and signing all the contracts regarding the aircraft (The crew’s, contracts with transport companies and hotels, the navigation systems, fuel and many more)
Or in general – taking care for all the on-flight and offline maintenance of the jet.
These things can be done by the captain, if they have experience with such things. Not all captains do the maintenance – in many large commercial companies the pilot arrives to the flight and only fly the aircraft, without dealing with the background work. In other places the captain might be more involved and experienced with the behind-the-scenes work.
If the captain is not usual to doing the maintenance of the aircraft, it is best to work with an experienced company, like Jet Ways. Missing even the tiniest thing might end up being very expensive in the best-case scenario, or with the aircraft being grounded in the worst one. Don’t take that chance and work with professionals with experience on jet management.
The aircraft management fees are not fixed. The factors that influence the cost are whether or not the jet is used for commercial flight and the number of aircrafts that need to be maintained.
The cost is calculated for every jet for itself, but in general the prices are around 8,000 dollars for a small jet and 20,000$ for a big one. These prices are per month.
The most important thing is to make sure nothing is lost. An aircraft has lots of parts that must be replaced in a specific time, and there are safety and worthiness tests that the jet has to pass every X months/ weeks/ years. If some of these things don’t happen when they supposed to than the aircraft might be grounded.
To avoid that, the best method is the one that pilots are very much used to: Checklist. The captain or the maintenance company tacks all the fixes and part and tests with a long, detailed checklist. It is not a manual thing these days, and there are softwares that can help with the process.
But that’s not the only thing: all these garage trips mean the aircraft cannot be used for flights during the maintenance. So, the operating managing team must check in advance what are the owner needs, when is the best time to put the jet under the hands of the mechanics.
The optimal situation is to plan it ahead as much as possible, but not all the planes’ owners can tell their plans months ahead – there are some cases in which the aircraft is needed for a flight in a short notice and a solution must be found. These are the sort of things an executive jet management company knows how to solve best.