jetAVIVA will provide you with the most perfect jet possible. We have over 200 light jet aircraft acceptance inspections completed, and have a proven thorough process to provide you with the greatest possible peace of mind.
The acceptance process is broken up into five parts:
There can be hundreds of steps a future owner has to take prior to taking delivery of his or her jet. From signing up for post-delivery product support programs to coordinating with the FAA to ensure Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) approval is in place prior to delivery, jetAVIVA can help. You don't have to go down this path alone. We've helped hundreds of owners transition to their new jets and can help you avoid both the common and not so common pitfalls.
2. Delivery day flight test
The delivery day flight test will be completed by one of jetAVIVA's expert test pilots. All of our test pilots hold extensive engineering and technical backgrounds.
The typical jetAVIVA acceptance test flight is comprised of approximately 16 pages of checklist items. The flight is broken up into systems evaluation, handling qualities, and performance validation components.
3. Aircraft performance validation
One of the most important parts of the acceptance flight is to ensure that the Client's jet is doing everything it has been advertised to do. During your acceptance flight, your jetAVIVA test pilot will use a methodical series of tests to verify that your jet meets or exceeds aircraft performance as listed in the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM). The tests include performance tests for takeoff, climb, cruise, and landing. Depending on the phase of flight, we have created a method to systematically evaluate true aircraft performance against the performance outlined in the AFM.
4. Aircraft systems validation
Your jet is a fantastically complicated machine that takes, in some cases, five months to build with thousands of components that must work in harmony to safely transport you from one location to another. There are three times when mechanical systems typically fail: When they are very new, when they are very old, or after they have been recently maintained.
As a result, we have developed a battery of system tests to ensure that your aircraft is 100% functional from the day it leaves the factory. You'd be surprised how often we find things that are not working properly on a brand new jet.
We test each aircraft system a number of ways. Below are a few examples of tests that we do for each main aircraft system:
Engines - Outside of normal engine operation during the test flight, engine bodes (high speed, rapid power cycles to and from prescribed power settings) and slams (high speed, rapid power applications from idle to max and from max to idle) at various altitudes throughout the flight envelope are completed to test engine control, response, and performance.
Electrical - Worst case engine starting conditions are introduced to test aircraft electrical components during start. In addition, proper electrical generation and emergency modes are tested to verify system operation with acceptable limits.
Flight Controls - Primary and secondary flight controls are activated and evaluated at each end of the operating envelope. From VMO/MMO to 1.3 x Vso - all speed regimes are investigated with thorough use of all flight control systems.
Ice Protection - All ice protection systems are tested. Proper de-ice boot inflation. Fuel system - Fuel gauging, motive flow, electric pumps, and cross-feed capability are all checked. Normal fuel pressures are verified.
Hydraulic and Braking System - Normal hydraulic system operation is checked including pump operation, overheat protection, accumulator functionality, and operation of all actuators. The landing gear is cycled at maximum operating speeds to confirm normal operation and proper handling qualities. A maximum effort braking evaluation is made on landing.
Aircraft Handling Qualities Analysis - Believe it or not, airplanes are still hand made. Each one is different. We put each aircraft through complete handling qualities evaluations to confirm that the aerodynamics are normal with no strange qualities at any corner of the flight envelope. Stick force and aircraft response to flight control inputs are evaluated.
Avionics - All navigation capability, communications radios, transponders, and autopilot functions are fully vetted.
Climate Control and Pressurization - Air source selectors are cycled at altitude to induce single source pressurization for extended periods of time. Flow Control Valve, Pressure Regulating Shutoff Valves, and Outflow Valves are all tested. Cabin dump is also tested to ensure proper system operation. Proper air temperature and flow through all cabin vents is verified.
5. Delivery day technical inspection
The technical inspection, which takes place on the ground, covers over 800 items on the aircraft. Our paint inspection reveals many types of flaws including scratches, nipples, overspray, orange peel, and dull areas. In many cases, we have had entire aircraft wings and fuselages completely repainted due to deficiencies in the original paint.
Our interior inspection reveals marks and soiling of materials, misplaced insulation, and misaligned panels. Systems validation not possible in flight is conducted on the ground, together with a structural appraisal of key components.
We have never had a Client tell us they regretted having jetAVIVA along for their acceptance. In fact, we've heard the opposite. See what our Clients have been saying about our acceptance process.