Top Reasons to Choose a Certified Part 145 Repair Station
Much like selecting the best doctor, daycare provider or car mechanic, finding the best maintenance provider for your aircraft is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Knowing that the repair station that you have chosen is going to provide you with the best work, for a fair price and with your safety at the forefront of everything they do will provide you and your loved ones with unprecedented peace of mind. For many aircraft owners and operators, that means selecting a certified Part 145 repair station where safety is held to a higher standard and the work being performed is more intensely regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Why are Part 145 repair stations your best choice? A Part 145 certification ensures that the processes, systems and controls at the repair station have been thoroughly reviewed, evaluated and tested. In addition to this, every maintenance worker at a Part 145 repair station has undergone extensive FAA approved training and is certified to maintain your aircraft.
While all of this may seem a standard practice, there is more to it than meets the eye. Here are a few things to remember when choosing your repair station.
Extensive review and inspection. Obtaining Part 145 certification is a comprehensive and time-consuming process consisting of five phases – pre-application, formal application, document compliance, inspection and certification. This in-depth process ensures only the most qualified repair stations are approved. Then, once that certification is obtained, the FAA holds routine inspections, as well as a comprehensive review, every two-to-five years. This level of documentation and re-documentation certifies the level of service you receive from each repair station, while ensuring that Part 145 quality and standards of excellence are consistently maintained.
Another important benefit of using a Part 145 repair station is that they are required to maintain the most up-to-date maintenance manuals for your aircraft. Any maintenance facility will have aircraft maintenance manuals on hand, but due to the cost of these manuals, they may be working off of a version that is a couple of years old. Choosing a Part 145 repair station ensures that your technician is using the most up-to-date manual available to properly service your aircraft and prolong the life of your equipment.
In addition to the federally mandated guidelines that the Part 145 repair station must adhere to, technicians at these repair stations are also held to a higher level of accountability and training. Part 145 technicians receive regular FAA approved training, are subject to random drug and alcohol screenings and their work is continually audited by the FAA in order to maintain the Part 145 certification. Then, for every maintenance event completed, each Part 145 certified repair station has quality assurance personnel who review and ensure the highest level of service is maintained.
Verifiable impact and benefits. Peace of mind is invaluable for anyone who flies in a plane. When owners depart a Part 145 repair station after service, they know their aircraft has been maintained according to the highest standard and authorization possible. Whether you are 5,000 or 40,000 feet in the air, that peace of mind is worth its weight in gold. Additionally, for those who have ever been involved in the maintenance of their aircraft, the thorough documentation and standard of care provided by a Part 145 repair station can impact an aircraft’s resale value. Anyone that has owned a car understands how much longer a piece of equipment will last with proper care. With service records that are easily verified, that peace of mind is passed on to the next owner.
Not all repair stations are the same. Each and every Part 145 repair station you visit will maintain your aircraft according to the same set of standards. However, that doesn’t mean the services provided at each station are identical. While every doctor must pass his or her board exam to practice, his or her specific area of focus may differ. Depending on the station, they may be certified to operate on airframes, avionics, powerplants, propellers or any combination of these. In addition, each station may only be certified to maintain certain sizes and class ratings of aircraft, not to mention limited ratings on specialized equipment, landing gears and more. Finding the right station that best fits your needs takes time and research. One simple way to find the best repair station that fits your needs is to find the factory-authorized stations in your area. Factory-authorized repair stations receive specialized training and tools, meaning they know your make and model of aircraft better than anyone else.
When deciding on the best repair station for your aircraft, don’t be afraid to ask questions either. After all, this is your aircraft, your money and the safety of those individuals who fly aboard your aircraft depends heavily on the maintenance your aircraft receives. Some of the questions that many people ask when deciding on the best repair station include: how long has that facility been in business? What is their warranty policy for the work that they perform as well as for parts and labor? If they contract work out to other facilities, is that work covered under the same warranty and how much time will that add to the overall repair of your aircraft?
When it comes to maintaining your aircraft, it’s important to remember this: You wouldn’t bring your family vehicle to just any mechanic and you wouldn’t go to a pediatrician for an open-heart surgery. While it may take time, finding the right maintenance home for your aircraft is critical to the security and longevity of your aircraft, as well as to your peace of mind.
If you would like additional information regarding choosing the best repair station for your aircraft, please contact KCAC Aviation at 866.FLY.KCAC.