How To Start An Aircraft Maintenance Shop Course

No Business Experience And No Hangar Required! Earn more, control your schedule, and be your own boss! Start an aircraft maintenance business with little upfront cash!

How To Start An Aircraft Maintenance Shop

Fast And Simple Two Step Process To Business Ownership

Step 1: Set-Up Aircraft MX Business

Set-Up Aircraft Maintenance Business With Our Low Cost, Step By Step Course. No Hangar, No Business Experience Required!

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Step 2: Subscribe Mechanic Portal

Boost Your Aircraft Maintenance Business With Customer Leads, Phalanx Aviation Listing, And Digital Tech Pub Access!

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Nomad Aircraft Solutions

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Awesome platform that actually provides a lot of value compared to most all of the other “fluff” offerings out there. Highly recommend to anyone trying to run a maintenance business with integrity!

Luke D.

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I found this training to be very detailed and exactly what I will need once I’m ready to start my own business! I do plan on working for Phalanx prior to making a way of my own but I wanted to get a jump on understanding and setting up what will be necessary once I make my move.

Todd F.

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Not finished with the course yet, but so far so good! I have a mentor at my fingertips. There’s a lot to consider and know when it comes to opening a business and Grease Pilot has it covered.

Why Start An Aircraft Maintenance Business?

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Do you have an interest in aviation? Do you like challenges? Do you seek freedom? If you answered yes, then this alone is enough reason to get started. As captain of the ship you’ll have the ability to decide your daily schedule. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to sit around. Trust me there’s always something to do. The real question is how do you want to spend your time? Watching the clock or building a future for yourself. 

If I could show you how to start an aircraft maintenance shop with 550.00 dollars, a laptop, and tool box with basic tools would you believe me? We’ll it doesn’t matter because we’ve done it over and over again. We did it so many times, we created a step by step process and now teach it in our  how to course. After all the best business is one that you enjoy, requires little upfront investment, and produces lots of cash.

Aircraft Maintenance Businesses Are In Demand

There’s an aircraft maintenance shortage, and with the recent aircraft mechanic forecast provided by the BLS this issue isn’t going to get better anytime soon. In 2022 the General Aviation aircraft fleet size was 211,743. In 2019 their were 4,262 aircraft maintenance shops (This includes large MRO’s too). This is a 50 to 1 ratio of aircraft to mx shops. Were not talking airlines here, were talking general aviation. We’ve seen airports with as many as 130 aircraft based with no aircraft maintenance businesses? Do me a favor look up your closest aircraft maintenance business, call them and ask if their busy. If they say no, then their doing something wrong lol.

How To Start An Aircraft Maintenance Shop With Little Money

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In our how to start an aircraft maintenance shop course we focus on teaching individuals how to start an aircraft maintenance business with the smallest investment possible. If planned appropriately you can have very little invested. These steps include selecting a service area, setting up your business, and deploying enough marketing streams. 

If you’re already a mechanic or handy man you probably possess many of the tools needed to start an aircraft maintenance company. Sure, their are specialty tools needed to perform different aircraft maintenance procedures, but you can do quite a bit with what you already have laying around. The key to keeping your upfront cost down is to buy what you need when you need it. With your first couple of jobs you can use the profits to pay for the specialty tooling that can be used for future jobs.

Why Start In General Aviation

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General Aviation is where every pilot begins his or her journey. It should also be where you start your aircraft maintenance business. Why? It’s the lowest cost area of aviation. With over half the active general aviation fleet being piston aircraft this is a great place to start. In addition, getting in front of these piston aircraft owners is easier than their corporate or airline counterparts.  

 One of the most cost effective ways to get in front of these aircraft owners is direct mail. Yes I said direct mail. We’ve had on average a 10% response rate for all our direct mailers. This may seam low, but if you get 10 people to respond for every 100 mailers you send then you can build your customer base pretty quickly. See how we’ve mastered the direct mailer method for under .70 cents a mailer in lesson 2.8 Marketing Mailers. We even include the mailer template we use.

General Aviation Fleet Size
Source: 2019-2039 FAA Forcast Report

Shop Space Vs Mobile

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When most people think of starting an aircraft maintenance shop they think hangar space. The reality is getting hangar space starting out is just a bad idea unless you can get the hangar at little to no cost per month. Hangar rent is usually one of the top 5 expenses of an aircraft maintenance business. If you start out with a mobile operation (performing aircraft maintenance at customers hangar) you remove this large expense. 

Once you have a business built up (revenue) you can then decide if you want hangar space or not. The best businesses are ones that generate lots of cash and have low expenses. If you wanted to keep your operation mobile I wouldn’t blame you. 

You maybe thinking with a hangar you’ll have all the tooling and materials with you, with mobile aircraft maintenance you don’t. This is true to a certain extent. It depends on what type of maintenance you want to focus on. If you’re going to perform restoration work or painting then having a hangar is almost mandatory. If your doing routine maintenance and inspections then you can carry everything in a mobile aircraft trailer.


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Learning how to start an aircraft maintenance shop will require consistency, dedication, and commitment. It all starts with creating a game plan and goals. Every ship needs a destination unless they just want to sail around burning fuel. Same goes for your business. Start with setting a business opening date two months from the day you commit to opening an aircraft maintenance business.


Another cornerstone trait of learning how to start an aircraft maintenance shop is consistency. This mean consistently working towards your goals, regardless of what roadblocks you encounter. The more passionate you are about aviation and mechanics the more you’ll be able to endure.

If you’re looking to fast track your maintenance business consider purchasing our how to start an aircraft maintenance shop. This 3 hour 30 min course shows you step by step how to open a shop with little upfront cash. It’s a gathering of knowledge, tools, expertise, failures, and successes that we’ve encountered while opening piston aircraft shops across the country. A course like this will literally short cut hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars while starting your aircraft maintenance business. Good luck, stay consistent, and stay hungry.