It’s More Than OK to Ask Questions…It’s Imperative!
Interview your aircraft engine repair shop. Choosing an aircraft engine repair shop is a very important and personal decision, like choosing a doctor, which deserves due diligence on your part. In both cases, your life depends on it!
In our previous blog, we talked about the many benefits and added layers of safety you receive by choosing an FAA licensed repair shop, so hopefully… we have already convinced you that is the best place to start. There is more than one FAA licensed repair shop out there, so how do you choose the one that is best for you?
Ask questions. Lots of them. In this blog, we will cover one of them (more to come in upcoming blogs.) Ask about the team that will be overhauling your aircraft engine.
- Who are they and what are they responsible for?
- How long has the current management, main assembly technicians and inspectors been with the company?
- Are they drug tested?
One of the benefits of working with an FAA licensed repair shop that we did not mention in our last blog is that the FAA mandates that a strict drug testing program is followed. If there is frequent turnover of employees, it is unclear as to who is responsible for what part of the job or there is not a drug testing program in place, these could be indicators of problems with the people on the team. People that you probably don’t want cutting your lawn, much less working on your aircraft engine. If geography allows for it, go and visit the shop and talk and meet with the team. If not, phone interviews work as well.
Remember, when you need to have your aircraft engine overhauled, no one should care as much as you, so slow down and ask questions.