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November 11, 2015

There isn’t a lot of room for error when it comes to buying airplane parts. While there are substantial checks in place to make sure that faulty or ill-fitting components don’t actually make it into the air, it’s still an expensive hassle when parts are found to be wrong in some way.

So how can you prevent this from happening? Maybe you’re a supervisor trying to eliminate costly mistakes on the job. Maybe you’re a new airline employee worried about your sudden responsibility in ordering plane parts. Whatever your reasons for thinking about the task, here are just four tips for getting it done.

1. Know Your Brands

First things first: What do you already know about brands that supply aviation parts? If the answer is “not much,” it’s time to do some homework. Figure out which brands are considered the most reliable, the most affordable and the most popular, and decide for yourself which label matters most to you.

2. Research The Companies

Now that you’re familiar with names and logos, it’s time to start assigning value to them. Have long have they been in business? Do they have any high-profile clients in pilots or airlines? Have they been favorably reviewed by any industry magazines? All of these things can help you determine the worth of a brand.

3. Give Yourself a Budget

Speaking of worth, you’ll definitely want some kind of budget when shopping for airplane parts. The bad news is that there are so many parts and expenses that you’ll need a multi-section budget just to contain them all. The good news is that such organization gets easier with time, so after a few more purchases, it won’t take long at all.

4. Ask About Warranties

Never buy products that aren’t covered by warranties, especially if they’re as important and expensive as airplane parts. You’ll want to know exactly what the manufacturer plans to do about compensation in the event of accidents, delivery damages, worn-out parts, defective products and so on. If they aren’t concerned with liability, they aren’t the company for you.

Whether you’re a first-time mechanic or a long-term overseer, these are just a few things you’ll want to consider while in the market for airplane parts. As you can see, there are many factors involved with a smart purchase decision, so take your time, plan carefully and make the right choice.


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