Constant Aviation working at 120% capacity
Constant Aviation has witnessed the business aviation rebound firsthand, said Paul Witt, Constant Aviation Vice President of AOG (Aircraft on Ground) Line Stations. The company’s mobile AOG division is working at 120% capacity to return idle aircraft to operations.
“We’ve witnessed the business aviation rebound firsthand, and it has been dramatic,” said Witt. “As flying has increased, our AOG division has been working at 120% capacity. That’s a big turnaround from March, when we were working at 30% capacity. There have been some significant hot spots where they are spending a lot of time, like the Californian Bay Area, southeast US and Chicago, and we have added technicians in Teterboro and Portland to help us handle the demand we’re seeing in the northeast and on the west coast.”
Aircraft parked for even a few weeks often develop system issues that need to be addressed, according to Constant Aviation. Mechanical malfunctions, engine troubles, electrical problems and software glitches are common on aircraft that have been idled, and they must be addressed before passengers can be accepted.
“Our experienced technicians love a good challenge,” said Witt. “They will come together as a team to find a solution to any situation, and we’ve seen a lot of unique situations during the coronavirus pandemic. We are hearing from a lot of operators who parked their aircraft in March at resort areas up in the Rockies or down in the southwest. They know they need to do more than kick the tires and fire the engines, but each aircraft has different return-to-service needs. The AOG division is just a phone call away to assess the situation and help out.”
While domestic US destinations see the bulk of Constant Aviation’s AOG work, technicians also fly to remote locations to attend to aircraft. Within the past year, AOG technicians have serviced aircraft stranded in Peru, Alaska and the Caribbean.