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" This is not a job for the faint of heart," Bliss said. " This is
not a job for amateurs or first-timers. The rebuild process is
complicated, it's extensive and it's slow. But at the end of the
day, typically, a rebuilt airplane can be completely restored
with all-new components for about 50 percent of the cost of
a new airplane, or less." That's still a substantial chunk of
change though when compared to today's typical 20-yearold personal airplane, which probably isn't worth 25 percent
the cost of a new one.
" In my discussions, there are those who always will
buy new airframes, and those who never will, but the preponderance is those who piecemeal the process, maybe
based on budget," Bliss elaborated, confirming some market realities. " That's what the majority of owners do today.
But doing it all at once is really the right way to go." Triple
R advocates completely rebuilding the airplane, " nose to
tail, literally take the airplane apart, all the avionics, all the
wiring, take all moving parts and inspect them."
That's because rebuilding capital equipment is costeffective, Bliss added. Using a heavy piece of construction
equipment as an example, he pointed out the basic chassis
and design usually remain sound after thousands of hours in
service, but any complicated machine will have wear points.
Engines, plus hydraulic, electrical and mechanical systems
are common to bulldozers and to Beechcraft, he noted, and
they all need to be replaced at some point. Doing so at the
same time returns a like-new product with like-new capability
and reliability at roughly half the cost of new.
" For half the cost, or less, we achieve the same performance and reliability, in most cases," of a new airplane
after it receives the Triple R treatment, Bliss explained.
Much of that added value is based on new avionics
equipment, he said. " Avionics shops should realize
that their contribution to the cost and capability of that
airframe is significant in many cases." Helping aviation
businesses break into the refurb market - that higherend portion beyond piecemeal panel upgrades or ADS-B
installations - is one of the things Triple R is all about.
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