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What Builder Assistance Cost:

Aircraft Builder Assistance.

Each client will be involved in his aircraft construction.  The kit owner is the manufacturer of his aircraft and safety authority.  Neither the FAA, EAA , CFC 1 can be held responsible for builder deficiencies in an aircraft constructed by a builder for his own education and entertainment.  CFC supplies the consultation and instruction services as part of the shop fee.  All tools and jigs normally required by the kit plane manufacturer are available on site.  See shop fees below.  Every client will take the utmost care in the construction of his aircraft.  Builder’s manuals and directions must be adhered to.  Modifications to the design or fabrication of the aircraft or any part there of, will be supervised to ensure no structural or aerodynamic problems should affect the safe operations of the aircraft.  No modification of the aircraft primary structure will be made at CFC. 

Shop Fees and Charges: 
Shop fees are $40 per day.  This includes use of all tools, jigs, solvents, such as acetone, denatured alcohol etc. but excludes epoxy or glass. We have latex and vinyl gloves, masks and safety equipment.  Your aircraft will be in the air conditioned/heated assembly area for all composite work.
Any side-by-side builder assistance labor will be provided for a fee.  Builder assistance charges are $40 per hour or an agreed flat fee.  Any project started by a client can be left for CFC to finish up at an agreed fee.  CFC will not build your aircraft for you.  We will finish small items which are detail in nature, such as clearancing and prepping for the next operation so as not to affect your 51% rule.

Use of the CFC flatbed trailer is free for transporting of aircraft to or from airport or painters subcontracting on the builder’s aircraft.

 

Off site builder assistance at your hangar can be arranged.  Fees start at $60 per hour plus transportation costs.  Fees for first flight prep of an aircraft built at CFC and test flown locally remains at $40 per hour.

Storage of Projects:
Storage of projects is $150 per month.  Storage fees are assessed if for the month no work was intended.  Should work be delayed due to parts on order or unplanned emergencies, no fees are assessed.  If CFC has agreed to do work of any type and no work is accomplished, no storage fees are assessed. 

Shop Access:
CFC is open Monday through Friday from approximately 0900 to 1800 local Eastern Time. CFC is closed on Christmas, Easter, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. Customers may be given keys to the shop and storage if they choose to work after hours. Assistance is available on weekends as scheduled.  A wireless computer router is available, or access to a shop computer and phone with long distance is available.

Examples of fees FAQs:


Give me an example of how Shop Fees work.

Example:  Complete Door assembly.  If you watch and drink coffee and assist, it takes about 40 hours @ $40 per hour or $1600.  If we work together it is half that or less.  If you do all the work and I just help as necessary, it is typically $160-$200 (4-5 days) for shop fees, plus around 5 actual hours of builder assistance, at $40 per hour for a total of about $400.  Either way, your doors will work great. 


What if I can’t finish a project I have started but need it completed before I return?

Example:  Client intends to complete his engine installation and firewall forward.  The engine is hung and the cooling ducting completed.  Should the client leave, CFC can complete the cowl and ducting fit and any system installations and still not affect the 51% rule.  CFC can complete those items so on the next visit, the firewall forward package is complete, ready for electrical.


How much can builders assistance cost?

It takes about 600 man-hours to build a Europa airframe.  Working side by side with one builder who had very few custom modifications, we helped the owner finish his airframe construction for about $12,000 in labor.   The highest charge for assistance has been $24,000 for a gentleman to assist me in  the composite and system work on his aircraft.  He had limited construction skills and allergies to epoxy, so his only assistance was looking over my shoulden and asking questions during the composite work.  He learned about every aspect of his airframe construction and got hands on experience on the mechanical skills and tools needed to assemble and maintain his aircraft.  He also earned his keep as he kept the shop spotless.  CFC is about EAAers learning, and the most important asset we provide is knowledge.


Storage Fees seem high!
A typical one car sized U-store type of place charges in excess of $100 per month and no work can be accomplished on site. 

Example: A  The client attempts to complete his doors in a week.  He cannot finish the doors before he leaves for home, and contracts CFC to fix his errors and finish gluing in his glass, but CFC does not complete the work for two months.  Because a specific task was agreed to, and no work was accomplished, no storage fee is assessed, only the agreed fee to correctly finish the doors.

 

Example B:  The client attempts to complete his doors in a week.  He cannot finish the doors before he leaves for home, and contracts CFC to fix his errors and finish gluing in his glass, but CFC does not complete the work for two months.  Because a specific task was agreed to, and no work was accomplished, no storage fee is assessed, only the agreed fee to correctly finish the doors.

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