Duncan Aviation battery team increase productivity with extra space

Duncan Aviation revealed growth at the aircraft battery shop at its FBO facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, after more than doubling the space to nearly 1,400 square-feet.

Using the extra space, Duncan Aviation’s battery team increased productivity with streamlined production processes and reduced risk of injury to team members or damage to batteries and equipment.

This equipment includes test sets, battery charger, and capacity gauge available to perform capacity checks, testing, and maintenance for every aircraft battery in service on business aircraft.

Brian Teeters, team leader at the Lincoln battery shop, said the demand for in-house battery service has multiplied following its two new maintenance hangars which were added in 2014.

The shop includes the addition of a new battery cooler, more bench space, and new advanced test sets, including 2400-watt programmable DC electronic load banks, lead acid analyzers, and main NiCad charger analyzers.

Added space isn’t the only growth this team has experienced. In the last five years, they have more than doubled their team to seven aircraft maintenance technicians, each holding an electronics degree and/or an Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.

The Lincoln battery shop sees 85 to 100 batteries each week, and on average 75 percent are checked, charged, and returned to customers within five days. Almost half of all batteries received in the shop come from international customers including aircraft operators, OEMs, industry partners, competitors, and international military.

Growth has continued with the new Duncan Aviation maintenance hangar in Provo, Utah.  The facility’s 251 square-foot battery shop has dedicated rooms for both lead acid and NiCad battery services.