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How To Prepare Your Aircraft For Winter

Winter is on its way, and along with the fun of the festive season it’s also bringing sleet, snow and ice – none of which are great news for aircraft owners, pilots or charter companies! Prepping your aircraft and storing them correctly are key to making the most of this season as well as reducing repairs and maintenance.

Aircraft maintenance and storage tips from Monmouth Executive Airport 

  • Change your oil: Winter is the perfect time to change your oil, removing old oil that is filled with dirt and contaminants. When you do this, be sure to use a preservative oil mixture (one quart of preservative oil is recommended). After doing this, take a quick flight to make sure the engine becomes well-lubricated with the new mixture.
  • Check the sparkplugs: Remove your sparkplugs and spray the fitting with a preservative oil mixture before putting them back into place.
  • Fill your tanks: Even though you won’t be using your aircraft for a while, filling up your fuel tanks to capacity is a good idea. This reduces the moisture that can condense within your tank if it is only partially fuel, and minimizes cracking in flexible rubber tanks. The fuel will easily last the winter, as quality fuel is good for at least a year.
  • Remove your battery: If you’re not going to be flying much this winter, now’s a good time to remove your battery as it likely won’t hold charge while in storage. Store the battery in a safe location out of the cold. You can also hook up your battery to a trickle-charger every few weeks to maintain the charge and keep the battery in good working condition.
  • Critter-proofing: Mice, rats and other small animals will see your aircraft and hangar as a good place to hide out from the bad weather, and they can cause considerable mess and damage to your aircraft. No food should be left in the vicinity and all holes should be securely plugged. Pitot tube covers and vent covers are essential.

Hangar space keeps your aircraft in top condition – Available now 

Finding hangar space is a challenge anywhere in the country, but our offering of competitively priced custom aircraft hangars and aircraft storage options along with our central location, makes us a real alternative to the crowded airports of Teterboro and Morristown. Through our world-class amenities, aircraft maintenance, hangars and services, we offer private clients an exceptional flying experience.

For more information on our FBO services or custom hangar space in NJ, please visit our website today at http://monmouthjetcenter.com/ .

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Don’t let bad weather add to your travel frustrations

With winter comes rain, snow, sleet… and travel nightmares. With frustration over delayed and cancelled flights increasing over this season, it’s no surprise that business and leisure travellers are turning to private aircraft companies to help them get to where they need to be. But how do private airports like Monmouth Jet Center manage to offer a solution when large national and international airports and carriers can’t?

  • More airport options: There are far more private airports than commercial options, as they don’t require the same infrastructure and support. This means that private airplane companies can be more flexible with their flight plans, flying around bad weather and avoiding areas where the weather has made the airport inaccessible.
  • Quick turnaround times: Commercial airliners can easily get grounded by bad weather, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded for days or even weeks. Smaller private jets have a much faster turnaround time, allowing them to start using runways safely as soon as the weather allows. This makes all the difference when you need to get the first available flight out to your destination.
  • Manageable infrastructure: Private aircraft are able to use much smaller runways than their commercial counterparts. These runways can be cleared quickly in the event of a window in the weather, allowing you to get up in the air as soon as possible.
  • Reduced traffic: Flight backlogs can leave you stranded even after the weather has cleared – but not at private airports where there is less traffic and a fast turnaround time on private flights.
  • De-icing services: The cost of de-icing a private jet – as well as any delays – is carried by the charter company, ensuring that your ticket stays on budget regardless of the weather.

Exceptional private facilities at Monmouth Executive Airport 

If you are considering flying out of New Jersey,Monmouth Executive Airport – just 20 minutes to Manhattan by helicopter – offers everything business and private travellers require. For charter companies, we offer high quality, competitively priced rates, aircraft mechanic and maintenance services, fuel and hangar space in New Jersey. Through our world-class amenities and services, we offer private clients an exceptional flying experience. For more information, please visit our website at http://monmouthjetcenter.com/ today.

 

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How to make airport and travel frustrations a thing of the past in 2016 with Monmouth Executive Airport

If 2015 was a busy year for you, filled with rushing to and from airports for business and leisure trips, then this New Year is the right time to experience the pleasure of private travel. At Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey, our private jetport specializes in meeting the needs of clients, whether you are catching a private jet from a charter company or storing and flying your own private aircraft.

Passenger amenities at our private jetport 

Our valued clients are invited to experience luxurious amenities that enhance your private travel experience, including:

  • A spacious, exclusively appointed waiting area for clients which is open 24 hours a day.
  • First class concierge services for both passengers and operators.
  • Customized executive travel and parking assistance.
  • Simplified, direct boarding procedure where passengers are driven directly to the airplane’s steps and security procedures (including the security scan) can be completed without leaving the car.
  • Limousine and taxi services to and from the airport as well as car rental facilities.
  • Dining and catering options, including light refreshments and restaurants.
  • Free high-speed Internet over WiFi.

FBO services for private aircraft in New Jersey 

  • 7300 foot runway – the longest in the country.
  • On-site jet and aircraft mechanic and maintenance services.
  • 24 hour fuel availability, including AVgas and Jet-A fuel. Our prices are competitive with or lower than what is offered at other regional jet centers and we offer other fuel purchase incentive programs.
  • 24-hour LED-based airport lighting and rotating beacon.
  • 24- hour lavatory servicing, de-icing services and GPU (Ground Power Units).
  • Airplane hangar space available immediately at affordable rates for helicopters, prop planes and multi-engine Gulfstream jets. Rent or build your own customized aircraft hangars.
  • Uncongested skies outside of high-traffic Class B airspace.

For more information about Monmouth Jet Center in New Jersey, please contact us or visit our website at http://monmouthjetcenter.com/ today.

 

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Purchasing a new aircraft? Ask our aircraft mechanics for a pre-purchase inspection

Buying an aircraft is a significant commitment and an often lengthy process – even more so when you buying a used airplane.

The average age of the general aviation fleet is about 30 years while the average flight time is over 10, 000 hours and, just like a used vehicle, the older and harder its use, the greater the wear and tear. Even more importantly, the price of aircraft and of replacement parts has increased significantly in the last decade, leading to increased demand for used airplanes and a decrease in maintenance. For these reasons, buyers have increasingly fallen victim to purchasing airplanes which appear to be good value for money while hiding costly problems.

The solution is to insist upon a pre-purchase inspection which allows buyers to withdraw from the sale or insist on reducing the airplanes price tag by an amount equal to the cost of the repairs. This reduces the risk of overspending on your budget, as well as the risk that the airplane may not even meet airworthiness criteria due to faulty equipment or lack of compliance.

The repurchase inspection will differ depending on the type of aircraft, with more complex airplanes and jets requiring a higher level of inspection than airplanes with more simple systems. The tests should be carried out by a qualified authorized inspector (AI) and should generally look at the airplane’s paperwork, engine, empennage, wings, ailerons, flaps, fuselage, landing gear and cockpit.

Comprehensive pre-purchase inspections from qualified airplane mechanics in NJ

At Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey, we offer a wide range of onsite aircraft mechanic services including pre-purchase inspections through our partners, the Marlboro Aircraft Company. We also offer aircraft repair services, restoration and modification services, as well as quote counseling and aircraft hangar rental. For more information on our aircraft mechanic services, please visit our website at monmouthjetcenter.com or contact us today.

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Aircraft maintenance is the key to safety in aviation

Regular aircraft maintenance is one of the most important commitments that should be made by every aircraft owner and enforced by several airworthiness authorities in the USA and internationally. However, this is a part of aircraft ownership that’s not just about following the law – it also has important benefits:

  • Safety – This is the most obvious reason to maintain your aircraft, as regular services and repairs will allow you to avoid accidents that can be caused by mechanical failures. This keeps you, your crew, your passengers and the people on the ground safe throughout your flight.
  • Avoid lost flights – Having to cancel flights due to mechanical failures is a sure way to affect your bottom line as well as the reputation of your brand.
  • Efficient performance – Aircraft operate at their best and most cost-efficient when they are properly maintained. By following manufacturer guidelines and performing operational checks, you save on fuel and other costs.
  • Prevents major breakdowns – A small maintenance issue can quickly turn into a costly and potentially dangerous one if not attended to quickly. Simply leaving small issues will only result in higher costs down the line.
  • Keep clients comfortable – world class jet centers such as Monmouth Jet Center offer exclusive services and need their aircraft to be maintained in order to deliver. Even small plumbing, seating or electrical problems in the cabin can make for an uncomfortable ride.

Choose an airport that offers on-site aircraft maintenance services

At Monmouth Jet Center, we offer a wide range of aircraft maintenance services on-site for your convenience, ranging from general maintenance and repairs to the installation of aircraft instruments and aircraft refurbishment services. Our team of qualified, experienced aircraft mechanics will assist you as quickly and affordable as possible.

For more information on utilizing our on-site aircraft mechanic services in New Jersey, please contact us or visit our website at monmouthjetcenter.com today.

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Aircraft maintenance services and private airports work to reduce the risks of foreign object damage

As aviation specialists know, damage caused by Foreign Object Debris (FOD) is one of the industries most costly issues, with The Boeing Company estimating annual aircraft maintenance, delays and repairs at $4 billion a year.

FOD can generally be defined as any object which does not belong to an aircraft that can cause damage to the aircraft, injury to crew and passengers or damage to airport facilities. They most commonly take the form of:

  • Rocks, sand and pebbles.
  • Nuts, bolts and loose hardware.
  • Garbage, such as soda cans and food wrappers.
  • Material from nearby construction sites.
  • Small objects such as luggage tags, pens, coins, etc.
  • Birds and other wildlife.

The most common types of damage caused by FOD include:

  • Punctures and damage to tires in aircraft and airport vehicles.
  • Damage to engines, engine inlets and fan blades as they get sucked into aircraft.
  • Injuries to airport personnel and passengers from FOD blown up into the air.
  • Damage to delicate equipment if they become trapped inside the housing.
  • Mechanical freezing due to objects becoming lodged next to levers, etc.

Due to the fact that any one of these issues is dangerous in itself and that they can lead to far worse tragedies, as illustrated by the crash of Air France flight 4590 where the aircraft hit titanium debris and burst a tire, responsible airports take extensive measures to ensure the removal of FOD.

These measures may differ from airport to airport, but generally include a four-step approach:

  • Training staff on the importance of identifying and properly removing/managing FOD.
  • Regular inspections of areas which can be a source of FOD or where they are likely to collect. This includes monitoring construction sites, aircraft maintenance areas, hangars, etc.
  • Clearing away FOD safely and efficiently and monitoring teams assigned to removing FOD.

Monmouth Jet Center offers industry-leading services

At Monmouth Jet Center, we prioritize the safety of the passengers, crews and aircraft which utilize our facility. In addition to applying an industry-leading FOD damage prevention policy, we have a team of dedicated on-site aircraft mechanics available to assist you with general maintenance, repairs and more at your convenience. We also offer our clients high quality, competitively priced rates, fuel and hangar space.

For more information about Monmouth Jet Center in New Jersey, please contact us or visit our website at monmouthjetcenter.com today.

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Are you changing the oil in your aircraft often enough?

Monmouth Jet Center FBO Monmouth Executive AirportAs with your vehicle, your aircraft requires regular oil changes in order to run safely and maintain optimal performance – but knowing exactly when to change your oil can be difficult. The general rule of thumb is to perform an oil change every four months or 50 flight hours – whichever you achieve first. It’s also a good idea to change the oil if elevated wear metals are detected, or if your aircraft has recently undergone engine maintenance.

The reason for the 50 flight hour/four month change is simple – by this point, your oil has become contaminated with the byproducts of engine use, which include sulfur, nitrogen oxides, carbon, water and other materials.

Rather than breaking down the oil’s lubricating properties, these contaminants themselves are the real problem. They have highly corrosive properties and, when they build up to a sufficiently high concentration, they can damage your crankshaft, camshaft, gears and lifters, causing serious damage to your engine and creating a real safety issue. In addition to preventing this, a new oil change restores the necessary levels of acidic neutralizers in your aircraft’s oil which protect your engine.

If your aircraft is due for an oil change, we also recommend that you use this opportunity to inspect and replace your oil filters. This will give you a better indication of your aircraft’s engine health and provide better protection against corrosion.

Speak to on-site aircraft mechanics for expert, rapid services

At Monmouth Jet Center, we have a team of dedicated on-site aircraft mechanics available to assist you with general maintenance, repairs and more at your convenience.

For more information on utilizing the on-site aircraft mechanic services at Monmouth Executive Airport in New Jersey, please contact us or visit our website at http://monmouthjetcenter.com/ today.

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