Why the Pros Use Aircraft Maintenance Stands

July 17, 2018 | By JETechnology Staff

Proper aviation maintenance is essential to keep any fleet up to the strict standards for safe operation. Whether you’re in commercial, military or business aviation, you need to have complete confidence in your aircraft before takeoff — confidence in the air comes from trusting your aircraft maintenance checks on the ground. The way to ensure proper maintenance is to have the right tools and ground support equipment for your technicians.

Aviation work stands are an essential tool for an aircraft maintenance technician. Here at JETechnology, we engineer solutions for all aviation ground support challenges. Safety is always our first concern, and we manufacture our high-quality products with only the best materials and in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards.

No matter what type of aircraft you manage, we have work stands to match your unique needs and keep your personnel safe. JETechnology Solutions is an industry leader because of our high-quality and turnkey solutions — we’re manufacturers for everyone from the United States Military to international companies.

What Are Aircraft Maintenance Platforms?

Aircraft maintenance platforms are versatile structures that give maintenance engineers safe access to otherwise difficult-to-reach areas. There are as many options for stands as there are types of aircraft because every unique maintenance situation calls for a specific solution.

Our versatile range of lifts and customization options ensure you get the proper equipment for your MRO routine — or maintenance, repair and overhaul — allowing you to maximize maintenance efficiency and be more thorough in your repairs.

Why Are Aircraft Maintenance Stands Important?

For any professional mechanic, there’s no substitute for being well-equipped with the right tools. A difficulty with servicing aircraft has always been their unique construction and the height at which mechanics must work. That’s why having a maintenance stand that’s engineered for safety and to fit your aircraft is essential. MRO stands help improve your maintenance routine and, in turn, your aircraft.

They improve your aviation operations in three ways:

1. Safety

Aircraft stands are the safest way to work on aircraft. When working several feet off the ground and at extreme angles, you don’t want anything but a stable platform with protective railings. Our full range of options, including custom stands and adjustable lifts, ensure that no matter where you need to work, you can do so confidently. If one of our stands isn’t exactly what your situation calls for, we’ll custom-design one that is the safest for you and your personnel.

Here at JETechnology Solutions, we know the most important asset is the well-being of your aircraft maintenance technicians. Safety is always our priority, and our ground support equipment is first and foremost designed to protect those who use it. We have 75 years of combined experience manufacturing stands that are industry-certified as the safest for your technicians.

A thorough MRO routine on the ground is the key to safety in the air, so it’s imperative that you equip your aircraft maintenance engineers with the best tools possible. When your technicians have the proper maintenance equipment and aren’t worrying about safety, it allows them to work more thoroughly. This leaves less opportunity for mistakes and means you’ll have a safer aircraft.

2. Efficiency

Any mechanic will testify that having the right tools for a job makes all the difference. When your engineers are properly equipped, they can better focus on the task at hand. With the right ground support equipment, or GSE, solution for your maintenance needs, you can standardize your maintenance routine — skip the guesswork and develop an efficient service strategy.

Having a specific and easily adaptable maintenance stand for your aircraft makes your maintenance projects as efficient as possible. Technicians can set up the stands quickly and begin any job knowing they have the proper support.

Having the right GSE helps maintenance go more smoothly. When you have tools you can depend on, you don’t have to worry about how you’ll work on your aircraft — it’s as simple as deciding when and where to do your repairs.

3. Reliability

Being well-equipped for a proper maintenance routine is the best measure to prevent aircraft from malfunctioning. Reliability comes from your ground support team doing their best work, and that means having maintenance equipment that’s functional and dependable. In an industry where you take every precaution available, an aircraft maintenance stand is an invaluable tool.

Aircraft work stands allow you to thoroughly check all parts of otherwise hard-to-access areas. That’s why the United States military and commercial airlines use our ground support solutions — they need to be absolutely sure that no detail is missed.

Our stands are built to last as well. We use all USA-made materials and military-grade strength in our design — our stands are made to be tough and come with a one-year warranty.

We also offer turnkey GSE solutions, from design to delivery. We manufacture everything in-house as well, using only the best American-made materials and skilled engineers to produce a superior product. We do everything in our 12,000-square-foot headquarters in Orlando, Florida and deliver it to you ready-to-go. When you work with JETechnology Solutions, you know you’re getting a quality product you can depend on for years to come.

Who Uses Aviation Maintenance Stands?

In short — everyone that performs regular MRO uses aircraft stands.

The United States Military, commercial airlines and business aviation all use aircraft maintenance stands. Anyone who is serious about taking care of their fleet and protecting their personnel knows that there’s no substitute for quality aircraft maintenance equipment.

We work with some of the largest organizations in the aviation industry because we continually provide them with safe and reliable equipment for their technicians. We take pride in producing the safest maintenance equipment available, and our products comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulations for fall prevention and workplace safety, including ISO 9001 and AS9100C. We are a Certified Solidworks Associate and are proud to say that all of our welders are certified members of the American Welding Society.

These are few of our clients we’ve had the pleasure to work for:

1. The United States Military

When you have to be ready to go at a moment’s notice, your aircraft needs to be fully operational at all times. The U.S. Air Force has thousands of aircraft that undergo MRO regularly. That’s why the United States military uses aircraft maintenance stands to make sure every component is operation-ready. JETechnology Solutions manufactures military-specific aircraft stands that are used to keep our country’s state-of-the-art aviation technology in top form.

We’re proud to support our military, and we do it with all USA-made products. From materials to design and production, our team takes pride in knowing that we help the military by providing the best MRO equipment to keep American aircraft in top shape.

2. Commercial Airlines

When carrying precious cargo, nothing is as important as the safety of you and your passengers. According to the FAA, over 2,500,000 people fly every day in and out of U.S. airports. Regular and thorough maintenance with airport ground support equipment is the best way to make sure your aircraft is ready for the responsibility of frequently transporting passengers.

Airlines use our passenger plane maintenance stands to make sure their planes are safe. Some of the companies we work with include:

  • Bombardier
  • Boeing
  • Robinson
  • Embraer
  • Airbus

3. International and Business Aviation

Companies around the world look to aircraft maintenance stands to support their technicians. JETechnology Solutions has become a long-term partner for many international clients because of our reputation for delivering industry-leading designs and uncompromised quality. We have a network of suppliers and carriers we trust to provide the best materials and transportation to our international buyers.

We deliver to:

  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • South Korea
  • Israel
  • And more

All of our international products come with a one-year warranty, no matter the material used or type of equipment. The warranty protects against material defects and is a reflection of our confidence in our material suppliers and our international support network.

What Are The Different Types of Aircraft Maintenance Stands?

Here at JETechnology Solutions, we have an aircraft maintenance stand for every type of service situation. From routine inspections to full overhauls, we offer a wide range of options, as well as fully custom designs. We engineer all of our ground support equipment with industry-leading innovation and safety features.

The most common types of aircraft maintenance stands are:

1. Daily Maintenance Stands

Daily maintenance stands are typically stand-alone platforms that are portable and easily moved. There are several different types — some are simple, having a non-adjustable staircase and single platform, while others may be height-adjustable and able to be configured in different ways and for multiple purposes. Because of their stand-alone nature, a fall-protective design is even more critical.

Daily maintenance stands are often a go-to choice for single-area projects because they’re easy to use and maneuver. The versatility of the adjustable models means you can use them on a variety of different aircraft. Aviation technicians use them for both indoor and outdoor operations, and some models can connect to more complex maintenance stands as a modular component.

2. Wrap-Around Maintenance Platforms

The full-sized wrap-around maintenance platforms are designed for full overhaul inspections and repairs. They give technicians easy and safe access to electrical and pneumatic power through integrated systems within the stand — this is much easier than connecting to power sources elsewhere and dealing with cords and hoses hanging over the railing and in the walkway. Having a clear workspace is not only an easier working environment, but it’s also safer and reduces hazards.

The large wrap-around style of a maintenance platform takes longer to set up and is not as versatile as the smaller daily or adjustable stand. Wrap-arounds are often designed specifically for one type of aircraft and require a more complex assembly before use.

3. Adjustable Maintenance Stands

We design our adjustable maintenance stands to be versatile and easy to use — these stands are the go-to choice for quick maintenance operations. While setting up an entire wrap-around platform is sometimes necessary, it can be more efficient to complete certain projects by using a few adjustable maintenance platforms instead. They’re easy to deploy and can be ready to go without the need for assembly and disassembly. They also require much less storage space than some of the wrap-around models that do not entirely break down.

There are different types of adjustable maintenance platforms for lifting a single technician, including winch lifts, boom lifts and scissor lifts. Choosing the right one for your operation may depend on a few things: how high you need to work, how much weight your stand needs to support and what part of the aircraft you need to access. Assess your maintenance needs and before purchasing, as a more versatile type of lift may be able to replace a couple less versatile ones, which will save you time, money and storage space.

All of the adjustable lifts at JETechnology undergo thorough load rating testing to ensure the safety of those who use them. When you’re on a lift 50 feet above the ground, you can be confident that you’re on the safest equipment available.

4. Custom Aircraft Maintenance Stands

We make aircraft maintenance stands for all MRO situations. While we have a large selection of stands for many types of aircraft, there are often unique situations as well. That’s why we’ll custom build platforms based on any specifications you give us. We build our custom-made stands to your specifications with only the highest grade of materials. We handle everything from design to delivery, making sure every detail is precisely what you need for your aircraft and your maintenance team.

We deliver all of our custom maintenance solutions to you ready-to-use. When you order through JETechnology Solutions, you can expect safe, reliable products that are built to last.

The Right GSE Solutions for You

At JETechnology Solutions, we’re all about safety — for your personnel in the air and on the ground. That’s why we never produce anything less than the best MRO equipment. With more than 75 years of combined engineering and manufacturing experience, we create GSE solutions that allow your maintenance team to work more safely and effectively.

If you’re looking for quality service from a 100-percent made-in-the-U.S.A company, look no further. We value our customers and work to earn your business. Whether you’re looking to buy one of our smaller stands or a fully-custom wrap-around platform, you can expect a seamless experience.

If you have any questions or would like to request a proposal, contact us for fast answers from a JETechnology Engineer.