Importing & Exporting
When importing an aircraft into Australia we strongly recommend the aircraft be inspected by a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (LAME) prior to negotiations. Cameron will travel and inspect your proposed aircraft, the specifications and log books to ensure you are purchasing the aircraft promised in the advertising and assist with negotiating points. This can save you thousands on repairs, upgrades, modifications and peace of mind regarding the quality of your purchase.
If you proceed with the purchase, Cameron will deregister the aircraft, inspect the aircraft, eliminate possible quarantine issues and disassemble the aircraft for containerization, install the security seal and assist with shipping brokers.
Once the container arrives at the dock an external tailgate inspection is carried out and the container is delivered to our CASA Approved maintenance facility, which is also a DAF Quarantine Approved Premises. The container is delivered, the security seal is broken and the aircraft is unpacked for quarantine clearance onsite.
Upon clearance receipt your aircraft will be assemble, the required Airworthiness Directives, inspections, and weight and balance will be carried out. The aircraft will be listed on the Australian aircraft register and Cameron can issue a Special Certificate of Airworthiness in the limited category or we work closely with our subcontractors for the issue of a normal or experimental C of A, issue the maintenance release, provide a flight manual and Cameron will personally carry out the test flights and possibly the conversion training.
Performance Aero is experienced in exporting, we clean and carefully disassemble the aircraft using the appropriate equipment and tools to insure your aircraft will be undamaged. Depending on the aircraft, the fuselage, tail and center section and placed in specially manufactured frames lined with high density foam (where required). The Wings are secured with reusable nylon straps and cushioned with high density foam. We also:
- labeling all lines, hoses, and control cables
- plug or cap all lines and hoses
- properly labeled and terminate all wires
- all removed hardware is reinstalled in respective location, bagged and labeled
- panels, control surfaces and fairings are wrapped in both PE foam and bubble-wrapped in order to provide extra protection to the item and paint work
It is important to ensure nothing can move during transit. Securing the aircraft into the container must to be a carefully planned procedure, especially as there is often only a few centimeters to spare in both width and height.
During containerisation we try to use steel and minimise timber usage, where timber is required we use ISPN15 stamped timber.
We have packed various aircraft from a replica Zero being exported a Yak 52 and two Pitts Specials into a forty foot container for return international travel.
Our customers are always satisfied with our containerisation of their aircraft. We have never had any damage occur from dismantling or transit.