Mon, Mar 02, 2009
Every now and then, someone has a "DOH!" moment... you know, a
startlingly good idea that just somehow makes all the sense in the
world. Mike Busch has had one, in no uncertain terms, and hundreds
of aircraft owners are now eager to reap the benefits of his
brainstorm. Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. (SAMM) is
basically this -- an "in-house" maintenance expert that will be
available on an annual basis for private aircraft owners... to
oversee all maintenance related matters and offer their expertise,
on-call, to make sure that an aircraft owner's dollars are being
used only for what they are intended -- to keep their aircraft
flying safely and predictably.
While he is backed up by an expert staff of maintenance pros,
this is Mike Busch's baby... Mike Busch A&P/IA (CEO) is a
renowned aviation writer, teacher, aviation type club tech rep,
aircraft owner advocate, and entrepreneur. For nearly 20 years,
Mike has been assisting aircraft owners with their maintenance
problems through his work with the Cessna Pilots Association, the
American Bonanza Society, and the Cirrus Owners & Pilots
Association. Mike was also the FAA's “National Aviation
Maintenance Technician of the Year” honoree for 2008. In
other words, Mike is the real deal.
His brainchild is 'dedicated to providing professional
maintenance management for owner-flown aircraft.'
Services offered include:
- Assist you in selecting the best service center and/or
maintenance technician for the job.
- Arrange for your aircraft to be ferried to and from the
maintenance location (if necessary).
- Establish a three-phase protocol (inspection-approval-repair)
for each maintenance transaction to ensure that you stay in control
of the process, have the opportunity to review and approve all
maintenance decisions, remain "in the loop" throughout the process,
and have no surprises when the invoice arrives.
- Give specific written direction to the service centers and
maintenance technicians doing the work.
- Use the proven methodology of reliability-centered maintenance
(RCM) to achieve the required levels of safety and dispatch
reliability and the lowest possible cost.
- Employ condition-directed maintenance (CDM) wherever feasible,
rather than time-directed maintenance (TDM).
- Implement a state-of-the-art condition-monitoring program,
including regular borescope inspections, spectrographic oil
analysis, and digital engine monitor data analysis.
- Minimize expenditures for replacement parts by evaluating
lower-cost alternatives (e.g., repairs, PMA equivalents, salvage
- Minimize unnecessary expense by ensuring that systematic
troubleshooting is performed before authorization is given to
perform repairs or replace parts.
The whole package is done for one flat fee, priced according to
aircraft complexity, and starts at only $500 for a plain-vanilla
Fixed Gear Single and working its way up from there. Early reports
are very positive, especially among a number of Technologically
Advanced Aircraft owners... and it appears that Mike has a hit on
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