With this issue of PLANESENSE:IQ we’d like to introduce you to Jay Breen. Jay has been working on the PlaneSense fleet of PC-12s for over ten years now, the last five years as an aircraft inspector. He makes sure our fleet is in top notch shape and available to serve when you need to fly. His diligence and thoroughness positively impact your aircraft’s longevity which contributes to its residual value over time.
As one of a handful of aircraft inspectors, he diagnoses all mechanical as well as electrical systems and components, and specifies repairs and upgrades that need to be completed. Working in tandem with another inspector from our team, Jay will spend roughly 2-3 days to complete 100-Hour Inspections and 2-3 weeks for Annual Inspections.
Jay’s career path was influenced early on when his father, an aircraft technician for over 30 years, brought Jay and his brothers to the hangar. Jay’s more formal training as an aircraft technician includes a tour of active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1994 to 1998 working on F15 E-Strike Eagles, the Air National Guard from 1998 to 2001, and FAA certification after Airframe & Powerplant School at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA.
Though he’s not aspiring to pilot his own plane, he is a big fan and says that the PC-12 was engineered with mechanics in mind. “Nothing is hard to access. With a lot of other planes it’s tough.”
It should come as no surprise that Jay likes tinkering with things. “I like taking something that is broken and making it work again." In the winter his passion is snowmobiles. “They can never go fast enough,” he says. For the coming summer months he’s going to tackle a complete restoration of his 1991 Mustang LX 5.0. We suspect the runway in front of our hangar looks pretty appealing to him.