Aircraft Cleaning Service Startups – Questions Asked?

Tail fin of airplane at airport, sunset


With the economy in the tank, many folks are looking to start some service business that they can get into without spending a mint. They also need a business that can match their most recent annual income, before having been laid off. There are so many types of businesses to start, it almost has hard to pick one as to start it once you decide but aircraft are cleaning one business you should start.

He then asked a couple of really good questions such as:


What are the FAA Regulations or Where I can find Them?

There are not many FAA regs on washing aircraft, a few but most have to do with EPA regulations, and NPDES permits for the actual airports. Each airport has its own NPDES standards although they are very similar, due to the rules on affluent runoff into water ways and storm drains. Many products are NOT allowed for cleaning aircraft, some have been “Approved”, but that is rare.

How do I Obtain Activity Permit and Background Check?

Getting an “activity permit” for an individual airport requires filling out of forms at the Aircraft Manager’s office generally, along with assorted business licenses from whatever jurisdiction you are in, plus copies of insurance, like trucking it ain’t cheap. And even at small airports, you’ll need 5 million aggregate on general liability, sometimes an umbrella too, they will outline their requirements, and the airport will wish to be additionally insured along with any FBOs, Corporate Aviation Depts, or airlines. Background checks are fairly easy, and the airport will walk you through that, if you have ever hauled Hazardous Material, it is a similar process and reasoning behind it. You’ll need birth certificates, driver’s license, Social Security Number and they’ll do the rest, there are some forms you’ll fill out too under penalty of perjury.

What new technology can be used?

Although this new technology method helps the laminar airflow over the wings, blades, airfoils and control surfaces for better aircraft performance, lower stall speeds and overall safety, the benefits for the aircraft cleaning company employees are golden. It means we will use fewer chemicals to remove the bugs, thus, taking off less wax meaning no need to recoat so often. It also means less elbow grease spent debugging. Fewer man (woman) hours means more profit and less cost, all contributing to a more successful aviation services company.

When I discussed this with the researchers, they’d never considered the benefits to aircraft cleaning companies, which quite frankly surprised me, as it is a huge problem. Scraping bugs also mean removing a little paint coating each time, eventually costing the aircraft owner in expensive repaints or touch ups on the leading edges of all surfaces. My questions to all this are how tough this new method is? The researchers assured me it is just as tough as the paint surfaces, if not better, than most aircraft use now, perhaps much longer lasting too.


When consulting future entrepreneurs, I often ask them first; what are you good at or what do you like to do. Recently, someone answered; “I like Airplanes, I like flying” and “I am a clean freak, even my wife says so!” Well, then why not start an aircraft cleaning service. Learn more details at:





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