Why Ground Power Units Should Be Utilized for Optimal Aircraft Health

Summary: Auxiliary power units should not always be relied on when one performs maintenance.

 Written by: Start Pac

Most airplanes tend to rely on their auxiliary power units during flight to power the onboard electronics. However, when one parks an aircraft and performs maintenance, the user will be forced to use the APU the entire time. Consider it like leaving your car on idle. When you choose to do your weekly (or monthly) inspection and maintenance, you’ll want to relieve some of the stress that you’re placing on your plane’s APU and instead let a portable power supply handle the work for you.

Letting Your APU Rest

At Start Pac, we specialize in portable power units so we understand the importance of maximizing your airplane’s efficiency. Whether it be a 24 volt power supply or a 28 volt power supply, by consistently switching to a ground power unit as an alternate source of power, you’ll be able to switch your APU off and give it a break for all the times that you’re taking care of the internals of your plane.

A Key Part of One’s Maintenance Equipment

This is a necessary benefit that most aviation enthusiasts have in their arsenal. Whilst still in the mid of a technological breakthrough, most ground power units are offering additional settings and modalities that are benefitting airplanes in a series of ways. For instance, you could find a hybrid 28 volt power supply system that runs on both gas and electricity to power your craft. This reduces the overall emission rate secreted by a typical gas-powered ground power unit.


Basic Aircraft Maintenance Equipment Every Plane Owner Should Keep

When you own any kind of aircraft, there is basic aircraft maintenance equipment that you should keep in a kit so that you can operate the vehicle safely and properly. An aircraft repair kit isn’t quite the same as an automobile kit, but some parts are similar. In this brief guide from StartPac, you’ll learn everything you need to keep in your kit.

You’ll need the tools that you would need with any other vehicle, such as wrenches, screwdrivers and other components so that you can easily remove and install equipment on the aircraft. It’s also wise to have a set of light bulbs on board in case any need to be changed when you land as well as fuses in the event that any go out.

When you’re flying, it’s important to have access to an airplane or helicopter starting unit. Without this piece of equipment, you won’t be able to fly. Planes sit idle for longer periods than a car, so they typically lose power between flights. There are some telltale signs you can look for that the power source might be headed for its last leg, but regular maintenance is your best route. If there is difficulty in getting the plane to start, then you might want to replace the unit.

Some people will buy their own airplane starting unit, others will rely on access to one through the airport they fly into. The important thing is that you secure this vital piece of equipment before you decide to buy your plane (or shortly after the purchase is made). Without it, you won’t be getting very far.