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Old 04-13-2019, 01:12 PM
mxhossai mxhossai is offline
 
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Default Help - Looking for Stabilator Build time estimate

Dear fellow RV12'rs,

I had bought an RV12 from a friend and and due to damage due to very strong winds/storm and kept outside, the stabilator had to be rebuilt. There were some build issues as well.

If you all would provide an estimate on how long it took you to build the stability in number of hours, I would greatly appreciate. A certified A&P had rebuild the stabilator, along with the latest service bulletin.

Thank you for you help! )
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:13 AM
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According to my logbook, it took me 18.7 hours, which included the AS tabs. There's probably some "look at the drawings" time, order parts and paperwork time added to that for the shop.

If they're repairing, then you have to add the time to disassemble too. Noting the price of parts vs shop hours, they might want to consider just ordering all the stabilator parts and building it from scratch - at least as a price comparison.

This is also a great time to implement the service bulletins too, if not already done.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:17 AM
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Did you consider asking Vans?
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:19 AM
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Thank you all for your input. My best guess, based on also some of the builder blogs, and your comments, is worst case 30 hours. They are ready to bill me for 90 hours. I think I may reach out to FSDO in writing for falsifying billing.
Why would a FSDO even care?
Seems like that is an issue for civil court.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:20 AM
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. . . . . based on also some of the builder blogs, and your comments, is worst case 30 hours. They are ready to bill me for 90 hours. I think I may reach out to FSDO in writing for falsifying billing.
Why would a FSDO even care?
Seems like that is an issue for civil court.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:24 AM
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Thank you all for your input. My best guess, based on also some of the builder blogs, and your comments, is worst case 30 hours. They are ready to bill me for 90 hours. I think I may reach out to FSDO in writing for falsifying billing.
So if shop rates are $100/hr, they want to charge $9000 for a stabilator?
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:30 AM
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Default Stabilator Build time

Mine took me 24.1 Hours not including the AST. The AST was an additional 4.3 Hours.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:40 AM
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Just checked my log: including the ASTs, prepping/priming all parts, and installing the fiberglass tips was about 16 hrs.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:05 PM
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I'm a bit late to the conversation, but if I were to guess I would have said about 20 hours.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:59 PM
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You might contact Synergy Air. They’re a builder assist shop and also built the S-LSA RV-12s for Van’s for many years. They should know how long it takes to build a stabilator.

http://synergyair.com
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