Maintenance Matters

September 2000 Issue

Engine Shop Survey

With more competition than ever in price, warranty and service, itís a buyerís market for engine overhauls.

[IMGCAP(1)] The aircraft engine overhaul business certainly ainít what it used to be.

For the past two decades, with the GA business in the tank, the engine market has become largely sacrificial. If any one segment gets more overhaul business, someone else loses it.

And the big losers have been smaller field overhaul shops, driven out of business by the factories who have replaced sagging new engine sales with a piece of the overhaul pie.

Costwise, this has benefited aircraft owners, exerting some downward price pressure on whatís probably the most expensive periodic maintenance most will face.

On the other hand, finding a good shop to do the work is always a study in hand wringi...

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