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3 years 10 months ago #144

Hi everyone,

I'm interested in comparing annual inspection prices. About 8 years ago I was at a municipal airport with high A&P prices and my annual used to cost about $5k. Of course it included repair/replacements as well as the inspection. It's too long ago to remember the breakdown and just what the inspection only cost. During the last eight years I moved to a suburban airport and the my inspections cost $900 and typical repairs cost another $500 to $2000. Now I'm at another airport and I'm about to start an annual in February. I don't know yet what it will cost but I'll share it when I get the bill (ugh!).

What are your experiences?

Scott Sherer
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3 years 10 months ago #145

Hi Scott,

I've owned my 75 Seneca II for 12 years. I have the annual done at a suburban airport and the base inspection cost is $2400.00. On top of that add for oil, oil and air filters etc. I usually have one or two minor things to fix and I try to replace one or two items that have been on the aircraft so some time such as hoses. Final bill runs $3500 to $4000 or so.

Keith Moes

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3 years 10 months ago #147

The book says its about 30 hours to inspect a PA 34 - 200T - multiply that times the hourly shop rate. Here in Palm Beach it ranges from $75 to $110 per hour. I dont know whart kind of annual inspection you can get for $900 bucks. I have never gone thru an annual and didnt have to fix something. These plane are 35 + years old- you are going to be fixing stuff all the time.

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3 years 10 months ago #148

If your inspections were $900 and the repairs $500 to $2000 I suspect that you were getting insufficient maintenance.
The log book inspection takes a lot of time and if it is on AdLog it saves a lot of time. Each page is signed off for compliance and I can do an AD review in a morning where if I have to go back in those little logs books it can take an entire day.
If you open up the plane, yes, the inspection and log book inspection can be done in two days. However, you have repetitive ADs which must be done and they vary based on time and flight time.
Alternatively, become an A&P and do your own work, and then you save all of that money.

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3 years 10 months ago #152

Hi and your question is right on the money, if you'll pardon the pun. The $900 bill was by a retired A&P who did this for a hobby and he was a personal friend...

Hope that helps,
Scott

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3 years 10 months ago #155

We call that "Mate's Rates". It's great if he really knows the Seneca and can do a good job.
For example - I'm a Comanche specialist - I know every inch of the Comanche and I am used to the ADs and repetitive maintenance. But put me in a Bonanza and I have to start from scratch, so if the IA that you are using really knows the make and type he can do a good job.
A lot of an annual can be done by the owner - opening up the aircraft, changing oil, cleaning plugs. The time it takes to remove seats, carpet floor panels is better done by the owner because it a) saves time, and b) let's the owner see for himself the condition of the aircraft. There's nothing better when you are over the Rockies knowing that the plane you are flying has integrity.

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