Maintenance Matters

November 2007 Issue

Tails from the Crypt: Making Sense of Salvage

The harsh reality is that parts are becoming scarce, so knowing your way around the boneyard business can save a lot of money and keep an older airplane flying.

Letís say you need a part for your airplaneónot a maintenance item like a Brackett foam filter or a spin-on oil filter, but something more exotic, say an elevator trim tab or a new wingtip. The immediate impulse is to order it new through your shop or FBO or get it from one of the discount vendors like Preferred Airparts. The second impulse will be to sit down and steel yourself for the price. As we reported in the September 2007 issue of Aviation Consumer, finding replacement parts is getting to be an expensive chore. Often overlooked, particularly by owners, is the option of buying a used part from an aircraft salvage yard. Around the country, there are dozens of small and not-so-small businesses that deal in recycled airplane parts

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