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Flyable storage

Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:54 am

What is the minimal amount of flying say on a private jet to keep it in flyable condition (flyable storage) before extensive preservation procedures have to be done on the aircraft ?

Think I have heard at least once a week for at least an hour but not 100% sure.
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:42 am

I think, I’ll have to ask a tech, it’s short-term storage if the plane doesn’t fly every 30 days, but it might be longer. I’ve left or seen plenty of planes parked for 2-3 weeks. Disconnect the batteries, drain the water system and you’re fine for that time.
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:52 am

Just looked at the ground servicing manual, inmy type, there’s a long term parking maintenance checklist for greater than 8 days, but it’s just checking tires, cycling the flight controls to drain water, etc. No flying requirement.


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Re: Flyable storage

Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:05 am

While working for a VVIP our of AUH, if one of our 744s didn't fly for 6 days, on the 7th is was scheduled for a "sightseeing" flight of about 4 hours with 3 Captains. Great fun to take one out and just do touch and go's for a few hours then have lunch someplace in the UAE.
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Re: Flyable storage

Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:48 pm

Nice work. The 2ADG had a similar rule, years ago on fighter drags. If grounded for any reason, say lack of tankers, we had to fly local before overwater. Quick tour of Terceira Island once for me and six others.

Pity you couldn’t have a Guinness at the Irish Village for lunch.
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:09 pm

Found this interesting article on how grounded 737 max are preserved.
Engines are spooled up every week and
technicians also boot up the flight computers and auxiliary power units weekly.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremyboga ... rt-storage
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:16 pm

rmoore7734 wrote:
Found this interesting article on how grounded 737 max are preserved.
Engines are spooled up every week and
technicians also boot up the flight computers and auxiliary power units weekly.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremyboga ... rt-storage


Sounds like short-term storage, rather than a full “pickling” process.
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:24 pm

Sounds like short-term storage, rather than a full “pickling” process.

Yes everything short of actually getting it into the air.
 
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Re: Flyable storage

Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:55 pm

Each manufacture sets its own maintenance storage schedule in conjunction with the engine manufacture. You would need to research the question in the AMM and EMM. This will also tell you what you need to do to RTS based on how long the plane has been on the ground. I ran a storage program for the company I work at for 3 years. I had about 37 aircraft at one time
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