This is JPI’s second edition of “Parts Perspective” and our goal is to inform customers of what is going on with the world of airplane parts. Currently, as Aircraft Manufacturers struggle to control the aftermarket parts support, the cost of repairs is beginning to increase at every turn. When Operators/Buyers shop for parts, one thing I consistently run into is another parts company quoting a part well below the cost of “current repair”. It is critical to request of a vendor, “is your exchange price based on current repairs?”. This will help you in knowing you are receiving an accurate quotation.
Another variable to look at is the warranty. As Aircraft Manufacturers sometimes offer 2 year warranties, it may be worth your while to pay a little more to secure a good warranty from your parts company. If you are a low-time flyer flying 100-200 hours a year, it may not be worth paying all of the extra money to have the 2-year warranty, considering some parts have a 1200, 2000, or even a 4000-hr TBO. Again, it is critical to know which parts make TBO and which ones are problematic.
Something that JPI is now proud to offer is “Flexible Pricing”. If you are a buyer who goes after the least expensive price, we have no problem price matching competitors, but there is a caveat. You are more likely to see an over-and-above charge at the end of your exchange.
We offer a cost-plus transaction where JPI charges a fee up front, and then you simply pay for the cost of your repair. This option will eliminate any supplemental costs or surprises. Some customers are particular about ensuring they get back their own units with the original serial numbers. A rental option would be best if the exchange price is very high as with flight controls, airframe and high cost items. This option ensures you the ability to get wheels up. You will get back your original unit with its identifying serial number upon completion of the repair.
Having options when it comes to parts is critical, as every flight department has different requirements, needs, and objectives.