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Cost-Saving Benefits of Precision Aircraft Lubricants

Cost-Saving Benefits of Precision Aircraft Lubricants

Jun 2nd 2022

Airlines, air cargo companies, and military aviation have always focused on efficiency. Airlines and air cargo fleets prefer to fly planes at capacity, use the most efficient routes, and maintain fewer varieties of aircraft models to make maintenance more standardized and efficient. Military aircraft must be fully maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Private jet companies also need to fly efficiently, booking as many flights as possible within their fleet’s physical and mechanical limits.

Innovations in aircraft design and materials have created planes that can fly longer distances. This also means their engines fly hotter, and can experience additional wear that requires significant maintenance sooner.

Using precision aircraft lubricants can extend the life of engines, landing gear, wing flaps, bearings, and other metal parts subjected to friction during flight. It behooves airlines, private jet providers, and even recreational pilots to consider the cost-saving benefits of precision aircraft lubricants.

Water Resistance and Reduced Corrosion

Corrosion is an ever-present risk for airplane parts, including bearings, flap systems, flight controls, and gears. Using precision aircraft lubricants, such as aviation greases designed to reduce corrosion, is necessary for aircraft that fly in challenging conditions.

Longer Life for Aircraft Parts

Cost-savings are obvious when a plane’s parts last longer, especially with reduced wear over time. The longer a plane can keep flying, the fewer parts are needed as a replacement. Cost-saving benefits of precision aircraft lubricants include extending the useful life of aircraft currently in the fleet, and reducing the total time an aircraft must be taken out of service for maintenance or repair.

Prevents Coking and Preserves Elastomers

Using the wrong types of aircraft lubricants can result in “coking,” or the buildup of carbon deposits, which sometimes happens when lubricants encounter high temperatures. Carbon deposits can block oil filters and interfere with pipes, resulting in bearing failures and even fires.

It is critical to choose aircraft lubricants and turbine engine oils that are compatible with rubber and other elastomers in seals like O-rings. Using an incompatible lubricant can result in cracks and deterioration, causing leaks or over-consumption of oil.

Santie Oil Company has been supplying lubricants wholesale to the aviation and aerospace industries since 1948. Contact us to discuss any precision aircraft lubricant needs.