Whether you’re talking about an axle jack or a tripod jack, hydualic aircraft jack proof load testing leaves you without an important part of your aircraft maintenance tool kit until service has been completed. How long will you be down a jack? That depends on whether you’re shipping the jack out for testing or having on-site proof load testing provided.
Shipping your jacks and having them tested and repaired can leave your facility without one of your most vital maintenance tools for months.
DOWNTIME INVOLVED IN SHIPPING JACKS
The average time for freight shipment on a tripod jack is one week in each direction and the average turnaround time for testing, regardless of whether you’re using the manufacturer or a third party provider, is one week. This leaves you without your tripod jack for a minimum or three weeks! If you’re shipping an axle jack out for testing, the shipping time may be a day or two shorter since you will not be required to ship via freight carrier or you may choose to overnight the shipment, but either way you’d still be looking at a few weeks without your equipment. If you’re using a manufacturer or provider who is slower than average, or if your jack requires repair after testing, it can take even longer.
DOWNTIME INVOLVED IN ON-SITE PROOF LOAD TESTING
If you choose to utilize an on-site proof load testing service, testing can be done in about 30 minutes per jack and it is possible that small adjustments or repairs can be made on site. The only way you would be without your equipment is if the jack is tested and fails and requires larger repairs off-site or if the jack cannot be repaired and must be replaced altogether.