Where do you turn to save money?

Saving money. Who doesn’t want to do that?

From printed catalogs that come stuffed in your mailbox to online parts websites, at Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics we fully understand that there are many choices when it comes to saving money on aircraft parts.

Then, of course, there’s eBay, a very tempting option to source open box, over-stock, or pre-owned parts.

Do you use eBay? If not, you probably should. There are loads of good deals to be found there.

Wait, did I just tell people to go somewhere else to find cheap parts?

Hang on, before you get too click happy, you might want to read this story which highlights one customer’s experience using eBay to resource parts for his airplane – only a 3 minute read.

eBay - no way at Sky Manor Air Repair


Note, the story you are about to read is true. Only the names have been omitted to protect the innocent.*

Saving money is more than just the price of the part.

Recently, a plane was in our shop for a failed ‘component’ that by our recommendation needed to be removed, professionally overhauled, and reinstalled for a best case outcome – clearly a labor intensive job.

Upon hearing this advice and without professional consult the customer went online and found what he believed to be a viable pre-owned replacement part. After all, it appeared to match that of his own failed ‘component’.

He reasoned, this could easily save lots of labor time and costs.

Perhaps persuaded by a self-reliant attitude, well intentioned advice from friends, or even the overwhelming desire to save a few dollars, the decision was made to click the Order Now button.

All the customer needed to do now was wait for it to arrive, confident that a money saving solution was found.

Upon arrival it was brought to our shop with a request for us to install his newly acquired pre-owned part instead of the time consuming effort of overhauling the original. We graciously obliged his wishes.

After several attempts to make it work, there were just too many small differences between this used part and the one required to meet his application to ensure a proper fit.

It was disheartening for the customer to discover this misstep.

Yet, had he just discussed his thoughts and plans with us first before placing the order, we would have reinforced our original advice that the best savings based on our experience would be to overhaul his current part instead of buying a used one.

Had he still wanted to go with a used part we could have helped him with proper sizing so he wouldn’t have purchased one that did not fit – if only we had been included before clicking the magic button.

Rather than saving money, additional costs were accrued. There is the labor time our team needed to discover that it would not work, the freight costs of returning the wrong part (provided the eBay seller will even return it), and the time that was lost getting his aircraft ready for flight – a process that might have taken a month is now going on a month and a half and we are still not done.

Don’t underestimate the value that your maintenance team adds.

While some parts might look like an easy replacement from the online description or an ad in a catalog, all too often things are not as they may appear. Chances are quite high that your airplane maintenance staff has been down this road before. They have the experience to discern the various differences in aircraft models to know what will work and what will not.

Before you pull the trigger and order your aircraft parts from anyone other than your airplane maintenance team, do lots of homework to make sure it is the right part.

It’s also important to remember that most aircraft shops will not guarantee work they provide when installing parts that they themselves did not research and verify are correct for your make and model aircraft.

The knowledge and experience that your maintenance team provides can go a long way in helping you save money. In the long run they have your best interest at heart as they look to keep your business year after year.

Are you confident that the anonymous eBay seller feels the same?

 

by Ted Shelson | Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics

* a Dragnet franchise tagline

Helping some lesser known hurricane victims

FlyPups.org at Sky Manor Air Repair

Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics recently had the remarkable pleasure of indirectly helping a great group of people complete their mission to rescue 31 dogs from harm’s way.

Last month Hurricane Harvey forced millions of families to leave their homes. Many faced the difficult decision to put their pets in a shelter or simply leave them behind. Rising flood waters forced many of these abandoned dogs further into outlying areas and overcrowded kennels. With limited resources and the growing need for space, some dogs will ultimately be euthanized.

That’s where FlyPups came in, but they needed some help.

FlyPups.org at Sky Manor Air RepairSky Manor Air FlyPups.org at Sky Manor Air RepairRepair and Avionics got the call just before Labor Day that a plane needed priority status on an annual inspection for a critical mission ahead – flying supplies to Mississippi and returning to the Northeast with, hopefully, 31 rescued dogs.

The team jumped to the task of expediting a thorough inspection of Matthew Kiener’s Piper Saratoga in order to get it mission ready. Matthew is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Volunteer Pilot of FlyPups.org – an organization committed to moving dogs at risk of being euthanized to non-kill shelters and fosters allowing adoptions to be facilitated and placing them in loving homes.

According to Matthew, “Jay, Jamie, Dana and the rest of the team at Sky Manor Air Repair really came through [for us]. I’m certain that Jay and Jamie did a most excellent and thorough inspection. The plan is to fly supplies to Mississippi tomorrow [Sunday 9/3/2017] and return Monday with 31 dogs. We are trying to clear out shelters in the areas surrounding Texas so the dogs in the flood zones can occupy these shelters. It’s important that we don’t pull people’s pets and bring them this far north without giving them the opportunity to be reunited.”

“And while she didn’t turn any wrenches, Dana was not only instrumental in the facilitation of the expedited annual inspection, she along with Jay & Jamie, have been very kind and supportive of the FlyPups effort.”

All of us at Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics were proud to be part of this worthy effort.

Learn more about FlyPups and how you too can help their cause.

Ted Shelson, Marketing Director
Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
908-996-0541
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown NJ 08867

TFR Procedures for Sky Manor Airport (N40) – A Practical Approach

Please note that Sky Manor Airport and our facility is OPEN for business as usual as we sit outside the 10nm ring surrounding Bedminster, NJ. We are, however, within the 30nm zone which does require some very simple tasks to comply with the TFR Regs.

TFR Alert Sample Sky Manor Airport (N40) Sky Manor Air Repair and AvionicsTFRs in our region are not constant, but do happen on occasion. Please check NOTAMs for current status.

Use these easy to follow steps to ensure that your flight to and from Sky Manor Air Repair is uneventful. Click Here to View.

Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown, New Jersey 08865
908-996-0541
On the Ramp at N40!

Engine Pre-Flight Inspection Tip – For the Non-Mechanic

Pre-flight inspections – among the many other flight-critical aircraft components that are part of your routine, you’ve likely checked the airframe, tested the fuel, and reviewed the brakes and tires. Customarily you have also opened the cowl and looked over the engine, searching for anything that might stand out as an ‘area of concern’.

But are you really clear on what to look for under the cowl?

As a pilot, there are no expectations for you to be a mechanic, verse in every aspect of engine function and maintenance. During pre-flight inspection, however, pilots do have the responsibility to look under the cowl and have the where-with-all to identify areas of potential concern. For those that are less mechanical, looking at an engine can seem a bit intimidating.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a mechanic to catch a small issue. All you need to be is attentive to changes that vary from the normal in order to identify a potential problem before it becomes a larger issue.

Some things to consider:
• Color changes on components
• Cracked hoses
• Oil drips

In the following example, exhaust soot was discovered on one of the ignition wires during annual inspection. Clearly this is not a place to find evidence of exhaust. Yet this very visible change was not caught during the last pre-flight inspection. A thorough examination with the aid of a flashlight revealed a crack near the top of the exhaust pipe – the cause of the errant soot.

Cracked Exhaust Pipe Continental Engine

In this case, the issue was caught without incident. Gone unnoticed or left unattended this could have developed into a greater concern.

Take the time to know and understand how things should look. Does anything appear out of the ordinary? Pay attention to consistencies. If something looks different, note the change, and above all ask questions. Bring it to the attention of your maintenance team to determine cause and solution.

If you have questions regarding what to look for while performing a pre-flight on the engine, please contact Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics for details.

Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown, New Jersey 08865
908-996-0541
On the Ramp at N40!

Growing to Serve You Better

It’s been five years already? It seems like just yesterday that we opened our doors here at Sky Manor Airport with just two IA’s under one roof. Our goal then, as it remains today, was a simple one; provide quality aircraft maintenance that is On Time and On Budget with a commitment to treating customers as we ourselves would expect to be treated.

Since then we have expanded our operation to include an avionics CRS, two spacious hangars, and a team of technicians qualified to handle all aspects of GA maintenance, inspections, and installations.

The huge demand to equip aircraft with the latest ADS-B components, coupled with our new Garmin Dealership status, has meant that even more hands are needed on deck to handle the load and continue the level of service that you have come to expect from us.

Therefore, we are very proud and excited to announce that we have added two new and highly qualified members to our ranks here at Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics. Please join us in welcoming Chris Baum and Steve Bueno!

Chris Baum, Avionics Technician

Chris Baum, Avionics Technician
Bringing a wealth of knowledge in avionics systems, Chris joins us after 5 years of active service in the US Marines Corps where he held positions as Helicopter Avionics Technician and Quality Assurance and Safety Representative. He is excited to begin civilian life doing what he loves, working on aircraft electronics systems.

Steven Bueno, A&P

Steven Bueno, A&P

Steven Bueno, A&P
Steve is a recent graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida where he took on complex projects and volunteered his time for children’s causes. Steve’s passion for the aviation industry is contagious. He feels right at home here at N40 and ready to be a contributor to the team.

Chris and Steve will report to our Avionics Manager and Team Leader, Eric Lacko, A&P, who has been with us from the beginning and who many of you know quite well.

We appreciate the trust you have placed in us to handle all of your aircraft needs – maintenance, inspections, and avionics installations. Over the years we have made considerable investment in equipment, products, and resources. The addition of these new team members will allow us to continue this growth and provide the very best in aviation service.

If you have questions, would like to schedule service, or to simply drop us a line welcoming Chris and Steve, feel free to do so today! We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today!

Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown NJ 08867
908-996-0541

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What’s your perception of the ADS-B mandate?

Perception is everything, right?

When it comes to the ADS-B Mandate, there’s plenty to go around as many people have their own interpretation on how they will handle the reality of meeting the January 2020 deadline.

Perception #1 – Prices will keep going down. Therefore, why make an investment too soon. As a general rule technology eventually comes down in price the longer it is in the market. But today’s marketplace is full of new vendors that have driven the cost down. No longer are the biggest names in navigational equipment the only players that can dictate the price. Competition for the ADS-B pie has ruled the day, so don’t expect bigger price drops any time soon. In fact, they may even go up as supply and demand shifts the closer we get to 01/01/20.

Plus – right now the Government is giving away $500 for up to 20,000 installs which are going fast. So why not get a little bit back from ‘The Man’? That’s $500 less than you will be spending later!

Perception #2 – I have a good relationship with my Avionics guy, he’ll fit me in anytime. Why do now when I have 3 more years? While having a good relationship with your CRS is always appreciated, the reality is that shops are getting booked up. There are only so many hours available and too many planes to fit in. While it might be the best intention for your shop to ‘fit you in’, the only times that might be available to you could be premium Saturday or even Sunday rates. But even those might be booked as we get closer to the mandate.

The point here is not to procrastinate. Think ahead or you could wind up paying more than those acting today or, at worst, find yourself grounded without a certified aircraft after Jan 1, 2020.

This is a complicated situation – we get it. Many people have questions. If you do, you are not alone. Contact us today for more details.

Get Clarification on the FAA Rebate – Read it here.

Have more questions? Contact Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics today.

Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
Located at N40 – Pittstown NJ
908-996-0541
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Have you heard the news?

We are GARMIN Authorized!

We’ve been hearing it loud and clear for quite some time, “When are you getting GARMIN?”, “Why aren’t you a GARMIN dealer yet?”

Well, after a nearly 2 year journey, we are very proud and excited to announce that we have now become an authorized GARMIN dealership.

This is quite an accomplishment for our team as everyone put in so much hard work and effort to make this happen. We especially would like to thank the good folks at GARMIN who recognized our potential to add value to their already incredible brand.

But more importantly, what does this mean for YOU?
At Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics our goal has always been to offer solutions that fit your individual needs, whether they be based on personal preference, flight data requirements, cockpit limitations, or budgetary constraints.

In adding the GARMIN brand to our lineup of quality products and services, it allows us to provide you with more options for a truly custom designed solution.

Allow us to design one for you. For details, contact our avionics team today!

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A simple way to save money on your next annual or 2 year certification.

Time is Money.
What you remember to bring to your next service could save you both.

Maybe your running late on your 2-year Transponder and Altimeter Cert. Or perhaps the avionics office called to tell you your new glass panel is in and ready for installation. Either way, the excitement of getting your plane in quickly may have left you forgetting something important at home on your desk.

When bringing in your plane for service, making sure you have everything in hand, or in the plane, can not only help us to serve you better, but might even save you a few dollars as well. Here’s how…

Items to

For Transponder/Altimeter Checks
Air-frame Logbooks

  • Retrieving component serial numbers from the log book rather than having to locate them within the aircraft can save an enormous amount of billable time.
  • Many components are difficult to access and require disassembly and reassembly of many features in order to locate the components and record this important information.
  • Plus, we rather save you the money and us the time!

For Avionics Installations
Air-frame Logbooks
Weight & Balance Report (Plus History Too)
Flight Manual Supplements

  • Having copies of old Weight & Balance Reports can offer our technicians a history of previous mounting locations of your current equipment.
  • Not only will this save you billable time from having to locate otherwise hidden components, it can offer our technicians insight into how best to mount your newer equipment.

We mention the need for these items in order to perform our best service to you, yet so often one or more of these documents are missing from the aircraft.

Additionally, in order to be flight legal, it is required that the Flight Manual Supplements and copy of the most recent Weight & Balance report be in the aircraft. Please don’t leave them home.

If you have questions regarding your next service visit, please reach out to us in advance. We would be happy to go over everything that’s needed to perform our best work for you – and in the least amount of time as well.

To learn more, contact us today!
Sky Manor Air Repair and Avionics
908-996-0541

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Now Offering Avionics!

Sky Manor Avionics, a division of Sky Manor Air Repair, is your source for quality avionics repair, installations, 2-year certifications, and now sales.

We are proud to now offer ASPEN Avionics Products and Support.  ASPEN offers the most affordable, expandable, and easiest to use glass panel in the industry today.  With the advent of ADS-B coming soon, ASPEN has a solution that is designed to work with what you already have in your panel, their affordable NextGen ADS-B solutions provide an easy, cost-effective path to increased situational awareness and meeting the FAA’s NextGen mandate.

Have you been wondering if a glass panel is right for you? Then stop by our avionics hangar to view our ASPEN Evolution 1000 on display and ready to demo.

  • Read about the ASPEN Evolution 1000 PFDclick here.

To learn more about our avionics products and services, please call us or stop by today.

 

 

 

Sky Manor Avionics
at Sky Manor Airport (N40)
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown NJ 08867
908-996-0541
www.skymanorairrepair.com

Benefits of Prop Balancing

Having a properly balanced prop will not only improve engine performance and fuel economy,
but it will also prevent engine and airframe damage over time.

Can you feel a vibration in your aircraft while flying? Maybe it is so very slight, hardly noticeable. In fact, you may have even gotten used to it as just being one of those things. Many times the root cause of the vibration is coming from the propeller being off balance.

Picture a ceiling fan spinning slowly and swaying back and forth. The reason for this sway is due to one blade being heavier than the others. Increase the fan speed and the swaying will turn into vibration.

In your plane this imbalance can cause pre-mature prop shaft bearing wear, crankshaft problems, and places unnecessary stress on the airframe causing cracks and loosening hardware. Let’s not also forget about the fuel cost concerns as well due to this inefficient prop to engine relationship.

A prop balancing service will level the weight of each blade and remove that unnecessary vibration improving engine performance, fuel economy, and extending the life of your machine.

Have more questions about this? Call Sky Manor Air Repair at 908-996-0541 and speak to one of our IAs. We would be happy to help you out.

Prop balancing service is now being scheduled. Make your appointment today!

Sky Manor Air Repair
48 Sky Manor Road
Pittstown NJ 08867
908-996-0541
www.skymanorairrepair.com