When I visit the AEC Website and look at the shock discs (donuts) it
says:

"OEM equivalent p/n 169-380003-7 ($674.26/set OEM published price).
Replaces Raytheon/Beech p/n 169-380003-7.
Eight pieces needed to make a set per landing gear.
Price per set ($45.00 each x 8 = $360 per set).
Fits all three fixed-gear legs, and the nose gear on the model 24
retracts"

Are these the donuts I need for my B23?

David Snodgrass
BAC East Central Regional Director
Beech Be23 N6083N
North Manchester, IN
-----Original Message-----
From: bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org
[mailto:bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org] On Behalf Of cloyd vanhook
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:51 PM
To: BAC Mail
Subject: [BAC-Mail] AEC Donuts - From the Horse's Mouth

I spoke just now with Kamran Rouhani, the head of AEC. I had e-mailed
him and asked him if he would confirm that he has an offer to sell his
entire inventory of donuts to a vendor who would in turn sell them at
10-15% less than Beech's price. If so I'd like to let our BAC members
know.

He said that he does have such an offer. In fact he may have more
than one. I also asked him how many sets he'd ordered and how many he'd
sold.

He said his initial order was for 350 sets. [A set is eight discs,
enough for one gear leg. Each plane uses three sets.] He said he has
only sold about 27 sets so far and his break even point is somewhere
around 150 sets.

I thought the vendor might be trying to buy the donuts at a discount
from his price. But they have offered him the price he's selling them
for on his website. http://www.aec-inc.com/ The vendor would make his
profit by marking them up to just under Beech's price.

Kamran said he does not want to sell the whole inventory to another
vendor. He'd prefer to help us. But we need to help him.

Guys and gals this ain't about charity. If you want or need donuts
and you don't want to pay at or near Beech's price you'd best step up
while they're available.

Some have asked why doesn't BAC buy the donuts. Do the math. 300
sets @ $360 per set = $108K. That's about five times BAC's annual
revenue.

Cloyd Van Hook
President, BAC


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