Examples of fees
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!
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