Learjet replacement generator goes the distance

 - October 16, 2006, 12:09 PM

CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has a deal for operators of the Learjet 35, 36 or 55–a replacement generator with an FAA-approved TBO of 3,000 hours, nearly three times the 1,050-hour TBO of the original generator for the airplanes.

With the cost of an overhaul ranging from $1,300 to $18,000 or more if the bearings are bad, the elimination of two overhauls per unit represents significant cost reduction for operators. The drop-in replacement is said to reduce operating costs as well as to increase reliability and performance.

The fleet average per-hour maintenance cost for the original generator is approximately $3.75 versus $0.70 for the replacement, according to CRS.

“We have about 20 flying now, with more than 1,000 hours plus the two that reached 3,000,” said Armando Leighton, president and founder of the company. “Our total fleet time for the 50 units in service is about 75,000 hours.”