April 2008 Issue

Aircraft Engine Turbo Trouble

What do you do on a flight far from home if the engineís not running right but no one can fix it?

Airplane ownership is not for the faint of heart. In addition to the responsibilities coming with the financial commitment to acquire, operate and maintain an aircraft, thereís the decision-making and judgement calls one must make, even before the first flight of the day. These decisions become especially difficult when paired against possible consequences of missing an important business meeting or failing to fulfill a personal commitment, to name but two. And, since an airplane is designed to go places, the ownership burden often becomes more complicated when, at a distant airport, a mechanical problem rears its ugly head. In such a situation, prudence often requires contracting with a facility or person whose skill and dedication isnít known to you. Frequently, conflicting schedules means a maintenance facility canít find the time to perform a detailed diagnosis of a transient airplaneís troubles before the pilot is scheduled to leave. One result is attempting to fly an airplane with known deficiencies.

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