Not maintaining good records can cost you

On two different occasions last year I was on the look-out for a Falcon and Hawker for two of my clients. Both aircraft I found were pre-owned and heavily advertised. I dealt with two different brokers who spoke highly of their respective airplanes. Upon arriving at their individual hangars, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, I found each neatly positioned in the back of the hangar and obviously they hadn’t been moved in quite a while. The sad tales of these aircraft include a recently departed flight crew and mechanic, and complete shut down of their respective operations.

Both jets were on CAMP (Computerized Aircraft Maintenance Program? and a stack of blue sheets (due list were piled on the broker’s desk. Apparently, before their mechanics departed they had been fully maintaining the aircraft per the monthly CAMP runs, however, they never entered the completed work “sign-offs” in the Aircraft Log Books. A review of the Aircraft Logs (airframe) indicated both had been overdue on calendar inspections, and out-of-license per FAA requirements. Strangely enough, the CAMP runs were reasonably up to date but no entry had been made in the log books. The moral of the story is obvious! The aircraft consultant log books are the bible, not the computer tracking programs. Both aircraft are still for sale.

Long Legs Gulfstream G550

Recently, one of Gulfstream’s late model corporate jets won the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy as it was named by owners as the best-in-value business aircraft. The G550 has the efficiency to fly 6,750 nautical miles non-stop, but also capable of operating out of short-field, high-altitude airports. Payload is a plus, too. The G550 can transport up to 18 passengers and still has the range to fly non-stop more than 12 hours. We can take-off from Chicago Waukegan and fly around the world with only one fuel stop. Amazing! We can fly non-stop from New York to Dubai, Shanghai to Los Angeles, and London to Tokyo or Los Angeles. There are over 450 in service and they have flower over one million hours with a NBAA dispatch reliability of 99.9%. Thsat is the equivalent of missing one trip every five years of service. The aircraft can sleep eight and cruise at 51,000 feet. A recent look at pre-owned 550s for sale, world-wide, indicate the asking prices now range between 23 and 45 million.

Easy Does It

Are your pilots paying attention?

In all my years of flying, I have always taken the time to be “on hand” when my aircraft is being fueled, either “single point” or “over the wing”! It can be a 90+ degree day or 6 below and I will find a way to monitor the fueling. Too many times I have watched fuelers pumping on on side as the aircraft is “venting” a pool of fuel on the other. If I am going to fly this thing coast-to-coast, I want to make sure I have enough fuel to get there.