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Old 10-24-2020, 05:13 PM   #1
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Looking for aircraft components for my bus

does anyone know of an airfield that sells or recycles aircraft parts? Please let me know what you find out thank you all in advance
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:22 PM   #2
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There are several aircraft salvage yards around the country. what state are you in?
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:29 PM   #3
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I am in California at the moment, and from my research and calling around they do not let anyone into or on the salvage yards. There are 3 in California, 2 in Nevada, and a couple in Arizona. But getting someone on the phone or gaining access is a different story.
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:51 PM   #4
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There is Faith aircraft salvage in Sacramento. General Aviation planes.
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Old 10-24-2020, 06:01 PM   #5
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I will check them out thank you very much
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:26 PM   #6
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A while ago I contacted one of the aircraft dismantlers at Mojave about buying an airliner's first- or business-class seat for my bus. I was told they start at $800 and go up from there, supposedly because even used seats still have to be FAA-certified. So much for that idea of having a nice comfy seat for my passenger. Maybe I'll do what a friend of mine did - he has a folding camping chair bolted to the floor of his Crown! (He also has a brass queen-size four-poster bed in it, but that's another story.)

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Old 10-24-2020, 10:30 PM   #7
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Yes, airplane parts never die. Even from salvage yards they run 50% of new. Ouch
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Old 10-24-2020, 10:52 PM   #8
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I am in California at the moment, and from my research and calling around they do not let anyone into or on the salvage yards. There are 3 in California, 2 in Nevada, and a couple in Arizona. But getting someone on the phone or gaining access is a different story.
Correct. As an aircraft mechanic I can tell you -- HOW a part is removed for reuse is VERY important to maintaining the integrity of the part...

Ain't like how we get the farking seats outa our f-ing buses with bigger hammers and grinders and sh!t.

And no respectable yard would allow someone to randomly walk around damaging HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars worth of parts just by "poking around looking for something"

Sorry (not sorry) to be rude but this IS life and death liability...
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:32 AM   #9
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The trick is to get aircraft parts that are not destined for aviation re-use.

That's how P-38 and later T-88 drop tanks (and Allison V-12s and Westinghouse jet engines) were sold for $200 surplus to hot rodders after the wars.

I have a critically important helicopter rotor bolt sitting on my desk that a friend of mine who worked at Sikorsky in CT gave me long ago- it was worth $3000 about 30 years ago, but it somehow became separated from the documentation needed for airworthiness certification, so it became a 5lb beautifully forged, machined and finished paperweight.

Other than being light, aircraft seats aren't particularly comfortable, anyway. If weight isn't an issue, motor coach seats are nicer and cheaper.
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Old 11-07-2020, 04:51 PM   #10
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I went on eBay and found bus seats from a tour bus, possibly trailways coach and bought six sets for a $120. I like those seats because they are designed to be sat in for hours at a time and they recline. The ones I bought actually look pretty good, had no tears, etc. The person I bought them from was doing a conversion on the bus and he just wanted them gone. I am modifying one to shorten it and replace the wall side seat with an arm rest, cup holder, USB charging ports and storage for tablet computer for the wife. The others will be made into a booth with table in between. From my experience aircraft seats from a commercial airliner are not comfortable and primary concern is weight. Stick with tour bus seats.
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Old 11-07-2020, 06:08 PM   #11
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Happened by this one in Leesburg FL https://flyingcolorsairparts.com/
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Old 11-07-2020, 08:08 PM   #12
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I've visited and bought items, several times, from Aviation Warehouse in El Mirage. They have seats, Marston Mat (if you want to hang some on the side for that "expedition look", and those great lightweight aluminum food tray holders (used on airliners and great for storage).



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Old 11-08-2020, 02:05 AM   #13
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Airplane parts

What type of parts are you looking for?
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Old 11-08-2020, 01:06 PM   #14
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There is a aircraft "salvage" yard in Victorville Ca. I was thinking about using "first class" seats because of the way they mount to structure and they already have seatbelts in them. Might reconsider after reading this thread. Good luck.
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