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Gate Guardian aircraft cleaning.

Gate Guardian RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire - F5E Tiger

Ultimate Aero Valet were contacted to look after and clean this gate guardian based at RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.

We also cater for gate guardians and aircraft washing and cleaning of static aircraft. Whether the aircraft be real or high quality replica aircraft.

More images of the job, can be found here, Ultimate Aero Valet Facebook page.

Ceramic aviation coating to Mooney M20M, Essex

Mooney M20M Ceramic Coating at North Weald, Essex

Specialist Aircraft cleaning, aircraft detailing and ceramic paint protection at North Weald, Essex.

Aircraft clean and detailing, prior to the aviation ceramic coating being applied to this Mooney M20M.

More images of the job, can be found here, Ultimate Aero Valet Facebook page.

Aircraft cleaning & detailing at Beccles Airfield, EGSM, Suffolk

Aircraft Cleaning & Aircraft Detailing Suffolk

Aircraft cleaning and aircraft detailing in Suffolk at historic Beccles Airfield.

A thorough wet wash and wax to this very dirty Cessna 172B.

More images of the job, can be found here, Ultimate Aero Valet Facebook page.

Aircraft cleaning at Thurrock Airfield Essex

Aircraft Cleaning & Aircraft Detailing Essex

Aircraft cleaning and aircraft detailing in Essex at Thurrock Airfield.

A pre-sale dry wash and polish to this 1971 Piper PA39 Twin Comanche.

More images of the job, can be found here, Ultimate Aero Valet Facebook page.

Oratex aviation fabric coating

Oratex™ Fabric Coating Covering System

Further to the ceramic coating on behalf of Mistral Aviation a few weeks ago, I've since had queries relating to the fabric Oratex™.

Oratex™ fabric is of course certified in Europe, but not yet in the US. This fabric is available is almost any colour and does not need to be painted, although this also can be done using a formulated paint specific to the fabric.

Oratex™ already comes UV protected as it is engineered into the fabric within the cost, and does not support combustion.

Oratex™ covering system fabric is only available through a sole distributor, TLAC, based in Norfolk for the UK and others throughout the rest of Europe.

The image above shows the hydrophobic abilities after the application of our Ceramic Paint Protection.
Aircraft Cleaning Elstree

Aircraft Cleaning Elstree - Mistral Aviation, UK Sales Partner for Robin Aircraft

Ceramic Paint Protection carried out on behalf of Mistral Aviation LLP, UK Sales Partner for Robin Aircraft. The IFR Certified DR401 Demo has Oratex™ flying surfaces which provided difficulty with other "ceramic" coatings to deal with.

Our Ceramic coating not only caters for this type of surface, it also maintains the matt finish paint rather than gloss finish, normally associated with this coating.

The protective coating bonds to the surface and keeps the matt factory finish. Other areas of the airframe where not covered with Oratex™ benefit from gloss enhancement.

Let us protect your Robin Aircraft or other airframe with delicate flying surfaces similiar to Oratex™.

Aircraft Nano Ceramic Paint Protection

Nano Ceramic Aircraft Paint Protection

Need that ultimate paint protection for your airframe? Protect your aircraft from climate extremes and contaminates that cause early ageing of the paint, oxidation and fading.

Using the very latest nano tech ceramic technology, protect your paintwork with Ultimate Paint Protection.

Restore ageing and faded paint to its original look and brilliance for alot less than a new paint scheme.

Aero paint protection optimises performance by improving laminar flow and reducing drag which saves fuel.

Blackbushe Aircraft cleaning

Blackbushe Aircraft Cleaning & Valeting

Aircraft cleaning and aircraft valeting at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire. An airfield with great history and now a modern private jet airport and school of flying. A Piper 28-180 was booked for a dry wash polish and paint protection. The aircraft itself was 49 years old and re-painted approx 8 years ago. Normally kept outside under a canopy cover, the aircraft did show some signs of oxidisation and grime. Further images of before and afters can be found in my gallery.

Helicopter cleaning

Helicopter Cleaning & Valeting

A basic but thorough wet wash was carried out on this MD902 Explorer helicopter, operated by the Charity HERTS Air Ambulance service. The airframe was given a clean using a specific helicopter approved product. The bugs, grime and carbon deposits lifted straight off, leaving the surface clean and protected. Further images of the helicopter cleaning & valeting can be found here.

Interior aircraft cleaning

Interior Glass & Cockpit Clean

Our glass and interior cleaner is an extremely effective cleaner for all types of aircraft windows and is also safe for cockpit instruments and displays. As well as its superior cleaning capabilities, this also leaves a glossy, protective antistatic coating on both plastic and heated glass. Superior clarity upon use of this product. Free from alcohol and ammonia.

Cessna Business Jet Interior Clean, Cambridge airport

Interior Clean

This Cessna Citation Bravo 550 was in for an interior aircraft detail and clean just before Christmas. The business jet was located at nearby Marshalls Cambridge Airport, positioned in the Execujet hangar. Interior detail of the aircraft including full leather clean, dust and wipe down of cockpit, all interior windows and toilet clean.

Aircraft Cleaning Fairoaks Surrey

Dry Wash & Polish with PFS

Aircraft cleaning and valeting in Surrey. Another dry wash and polish to this stunning Cirrus SR22, located at Fairoaks Airfield. This aircraft is not hangared and therefore spends all of the time outside. Being exposed to the weather, aircraft polishing and protection is essential. This aeroplane was treated to an aviation approved dry wash polish with a PolyFluro Sealant, to protect the aircraft paintwork and to maintain a super high gloss. More images can be found here.

Business Jet Cleaning

Cessna Citation II Business Jet

A short trip to EGMC, for aircraft cleaning at Southend Airport, Essex to clean, rejuvenate and protect this 1983 Cessna Citation II Business Jet. The aircraft paint was looking tired and certainly in need of thorough aircraft valeting and cleaning. The main fuselage was tackled first, improving the dull and lack lustre paint, followed by the brightwork and de-ice boots. More images can be found in the gallery or Facebook page.

Aglaze Paint Protection to Tecnam P2010

Tecnam P2010 at Goodwood Aerodrome

A trip to EGHR, for aircraft cleaning at Goodwood Aerodrome to clean and protect this beautiful Tecnam P2010. Goodwood Airfield or Chichester Airport has a great history with aircraft. Built during the Second World War by the Royal Air Force as a relief landing ground for nearby RAF Tangmere. Firstly, a thorough clean and clay to remove bug and airborne contaminants from the bodywork prior to sealing the aircraft paint. Ensuring the paintwork is perfectly prepped for sealing is vital, otherwise the reactive polymer sealant will not bond to the paintwork as its designed to do. Upon completion of the prep, including a wipe down with IPA, the AGlaze paint sealant was applied. Not only does this protect the paint from oxidisation, and environmental fallout, the gloss levels and reduced cleaning, means more time in the air, and quite even possibly less fuel usage due to less drag. Further images can be found on my Instagram feed.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22

Cirrus Aircraft SR22 Polished

This Cirrus Aircraft SR22 based at EGTF, Fairoaks in Surrey was booked for a polish. Upon arrival, the paintwork was mainly covered with bug splats, dirt and general day to day marks. The canopy section was covered with a Cambria Cover, which are great for reduced sun fade to exterior paint and interior finishings. The exterior was treated to a quick wet wash prior to the polish, which boasts long term protection and reduced UV fade. By the time the polish was completed the weather was rather overcast, but as you can see from the photo, that the Nuvite polish gave great gloss to the aircraft. Further images can be found on my Instagram feed.

Faded aircraft paint, oxidisation to aviation paint

Faded & Oxidised Aircraft Paint Restoration

This Piper PA-28 Warrior II was booked in for some aircraft detailing and oxidisation removal. As you can clearly see, this plane has suffered from serious sun fade, and not in the best of shape for sale. Ultimate Aero Valet have the expertise, knowledge and correct tools to remedy this aircraft paint. So if your aircraft looks like this, or is starting to fade, call the experts. A polish can revive new life to a faded/oxidised/worn paint scheme, at a fraction of the cost of a newly painted fuselage. More images including before and afters, can be found by clicking on the image above or here.

Aircraft Cleaning Essex

1969 Jet Provost T5 at Weald Aviation

Something a bit different this time. I was asked to carry out aircraft cleaning in Essex at the historic North Weald for Weald Aviation. This stunning Jet Provost T5 is now part of a private collection and required a dry wash polish to improve the paintwork and upon completion, you can clearly see that the aircraft cleaning services provided, ensured the paintwork looked great for 46 years old. More images can be found in the gallery section or click on the image.

Aircraft & Aeroplane Valeting and cleaning Hertfordshire

Aircraft & Aviation Cleaning Hertfordshire

Ultimate Aero Valet was booked to clean this 35 year old Cessna 172N Skyhawk at Fowlmere, Hertfordshire. The job started with the cursory walk around checking for any obvious visible signs of damage or wear. Not bad for its age, just a small amount of paint peel on one of the wings. This Cessna 172 had not been treated to a dry wash and polish before, just the occasional wet wash and bug splat removal. The whole aircraft was dry washed and polished, including the removal of all grime and dirt from underneath the belly. Luckily this aircraft booked for valeting and cleaning was undercover in the hangar at Fowlmere, EGMA, as the weather changed during the day. More images of this aeroplane valet can be located in the gallery section.

EGBK Sywell Aerodrome Expo

Aero Expo UK 2015

Ultimate Aero Valet attended this year's AeroExpo UK. Now established as one of the largest fly-in events in the UK, with over 12,000 visitors and 1,050 visiting aircraft flying in last year, AeroExpo UK, located at Sywell Aerodrome EGBK reached new records for 2015 event with a notable increase in international visiting aircraft. Booked fly-in slots have been made from Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Iceland.

Show Director Alex Ayling commented “This is extremely encouraging for AeroExpo UK. We are always actively looking to increase our visitor profile. We have been working hard to enhance the international visitor profile for AeroExpo UK and make it an event for everyone.”

Aero & Aviation Cleaning & Cleaners

Aviation Cleaning & Aviation Cleaners

Cleaning an aircraft and keeping it clean are extremely important. From an aircraft maintenance technician’s viewpoint, it should be considered a regular part of aircraft maintenance. Keeping the aircraft clean can mean more accurate inspection results, and may even allow a flight crewmember to spot an impending component failure. A cracked landing gear fitting covered with mud and grease may be easily overlooked. Dirt can hide cracks in the skin. Dust and grit cause hinge fittings to wear excessively. If left on the aircraft’s outer surface, a film of dirt reduces flying speed and adds extra weight.

Dirt or trash blowing or bouncing around the inside of the aircraft is annoying and dangerous. Small pieces of dirt blown into the eyes of the pilot at a critical moment can cause an accident.

A coating of dirt and grease on moving parts makes a grinding compound that can cause excessive wear. Salt water has a serious corroding effect on exposed metal parts of the aircraft, and should be washed off immediately.

There are many different kinds of aviation cleaners approved for use in cleaning aircraft. It is impractical to cover each of the various types of cleaning agents since their use varies under different conditions, such as the type of material to be removed, the aircraft finish, and whether the cleaning is internal or external.

Aviation Corrosion

Corrosion Control

Many aircraft structures are made of metal, and the most insidious form of damage to those structures is corrosion. From the moment the metal is manufactured, it must be protected from the deleterious effects of the environment that surrounds it. This protection can be the introduction of certain elements into the base metal, creating a corrosion resistant alloy, or the addition of a surface coating of a chemical conversion coating, metal or paint. While in use, additional moisture barriers, such as viscous lubricants and protectants may be added to the surface.

The introduction of airframes built primarily of composite components has not eliminated the need for careful monitoring of aircraft with regard to corrosion. While the airframe itself may not be subject to corrosion, the use of metal components and accessories within the airframe means the aircraft maintenance technician must be on the alert for the evidence of corrosion when inspecting any aircraft.