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    Sierra Annual Inspection

    Just got the first Annual complete on our 1977 Sierra and no real
    surprises. The usual stuff like brake pads and hoses and they had to
    replace the mount for the spinner on the prop but all in all, only
    about $700 in parts which I considered not too bad. The bad part was
    the labour. They billed me for 65.5 hours to do the Annual. Is that
    about right? I know the Retract means having to jack and swing gear etc
    but this seems high. At $55/hr the labour alone was $3600! Throw in the
    parts a few shop supplies and taxes and I have a $5,000 annual in which
    they really didn't do much out of the ordinary. So my question to the
    other Sierra drivers out there is what would your experience be in
    terms of the # of hrs on average to complete an Annual on our bird?

    Many thanks,

    Bruce Dwyer
    C-GMTT




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    Sierra Annual Inspection

    >They billed me for 65.5 hours to do the Annual. Is that about right? I
    >know the Retract means having to jack and swing gear etc but this seems
    >high. At $55/hr the labour alone was $3600!

    They ought to supply you with an itemized breakdown. Most all shops have a
    flat rate "inspection" and then an hourly repair price.

    ~20 hours for a Sierra including gear checks is my flat rate. There are
    shops with higher and lower flat rates, ask yours what the INSPECTION cost,
    and to itemize the repairs. Lets not confuse the total costs of all
    service and inspection performed with the "annual" cost.

    >Throw in the parts a few shop supplies and taxes and I have a $5,000
    >annual in which they really didn't do much out of the ordinary.

    Cheap for a Bonanaza, high for a Sierra, IMHO. Is that Canadian
    dollars? Then take ~1/3 off to compare with US prices. So that is a $3500
    US annual....

    But then I've seen several planes with "$10,000 annuals" that were just
    such junk heaps that it was a restoration, not an inspection. So we need
    to divide the inspection from the repairs.

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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    Sierra Annual Inspection

    Exchange rate is actually 0.8212. $5000 Cdn. = $4106 US
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Bob Steward
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 2:44 PM
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] Sierra Annual Inspection



    >They billed me for 65.5 hours to do the Annual. Is that about right? I
    >know the Retract means having to jack and swing gear etc but this seems
    >high. At $55/hr the labour alone was $3600!

    They ought to supply you with an itemized breakdown. Most all shops have a
    flat rate "inspection" and then an hourly repair price.

    ~20 hours for a Sierra including gear checks is my flat rate. There are
    shops with higher and lower flat rates, ask yours what the INSPECTION cost,
    and to itemize the repairs. Lets not confuse the total costs of all
    service and inspection performed with the "annual" cost.

    >Throw in the parts a few shop supplies and taxes and I have a $5,000
    >annual in which they really didn't do much out of the ordinary.

    Cheap for a Bonanaza, high for a Sierra, IMHO. Is that Canadian
    dollars? Then take ~1/3 off to compare with US prices. So that is a $3500
    US annual....

    But then I've seen several planes with "$10,000 annuals" that were just
    such junk heaps that it was a restoration, not an inspection. So we need
    to divide the inspection from the repairs.

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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