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Fleet repaint is major undertaking for Elite Jets
The process requires dismantling the aircraft, stripping existing paint, a damage inspection, sanding, priming and painting. Elite Jets is sending one aircraft per month to minimise impact on flight operations.
The FAA considers repainting a major alteration and it must be logged in maintenance records.

Naples, Florida-based charter air service Elite Jets is repainting its fleet to reflect the company’s standards for brand excellence. Elite Jets owns and operates four Embraer Phenom 300s and one Embraer Legacy 500. Each was put into service when the company was founded in 2016 and transports passengers to destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.

“Many aircraft owners paint their jets every 10 to 15 years, but we didn’t want to wait that long,” says senior vice president Stephen Myers CAM. “The Elite Jets brand is known for its attention to detail and refined excellence, and that includes the exterior of our jets. The outside matters as much as the inside.”

In addition to enhancing aesthetics, aircraft paint helps protect jets from the elements, including corrosion caused by excess moisture and extreme temperatures. The FAA considers repainting a major alteration to aircraft and it must be logged in official maintenance records.

Constant Aviation in Sanford, Florida is completing the repainting project. Federal guidelines require the use of FAA-approved mechanics for inspections and FAA-approved facilities for jet repainting, which is a four week process that requires dismantling the aircraft, stripping existing paint, a formal inspection to discover and repair possible damage from the elements, sanding, priming and then painting.

In addition to the five company-owned aircraft, Elite Jets provides management services for a Gulfstream G550 jet and owns a Bell 407 helicopter. Those aircraft are not included in the repainting project.

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