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TOPIC: Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09

Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 4 days ago #1839

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Hi John;
I don't have a spread sheet but the Cessna SID for the 182 can be used as a spead sheet/checklist. I do not have that SID downloaded yet and the Cessna support webpage is down right now. I'll post it when I get it.
Steve
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Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 6 days ago #1832

Steve - I pulled the seats and carpets today and cleaned off the seat rails. My IA did the inspection and there is a small crack that has not changed in two years. The crack falls within the acceptable level of the AD. There are no other cracks anywhere on the rail. My IA went through the required checks on the seats and they were all within tolerances. I cleaned and dry lubed the rollers and they are ready to go back.

I’m hoping to start prepping for the annual and I was reading your article:
www.cessnaflyer.org/cessna-singles/cessn...-the-cessna-182.html

I followed your article guidance with my A&P last year and wondered do you have the steps in a spreadsheet or document? I’d like to make electronic notes.

Thanks!
John
182Q - 182TG
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Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 1 week ago #1826

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Since the Shop had experience with this AD, I used their guidance and they supplied the Rivets. Only rails purchased via McFarlane. Also, a Shop can sometimes purchase the Rails for less than a retail/owners quote. (Another good reason to use a Shop with McFarlane account history.) I just wanted to give the Labor guys the best chance of timely success, and therefore they controlled the parts choice in advance.
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Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 1 week ago #1825

John - great information thank you. I’m curious that you mentioned the rivets. Did you choose to go with rivets vs. MacFarlane screw kit Part # SR6-SCREW-KT SCREW KIT? They must be special because they want to charge $115 for it. I’m assuming but need to call that it’s actual a bolt kit.
Update: I’m about to tear down my plane and have my annual done on my field. I missed the weather window to get my plane to the new A&P. My local IA is going to review my seat rails and then I can order the parts from MacFarlane. The seat rail price has gone up by $100 since I first looked in May 2018. I guess they can dictate the price since they are the best game in town.
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Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 1 week ago #1822

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Hi John;
Thanks for weighing in with your experience in changing seat rails.
Valuable information
Best,
Steve
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Seat Rail AD 2011-10-09 1 month 1 week ago #1820

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Regarding the Seat Rail labor.
My 182 E needed both L and R seat rails replaced. I knew this going into the Annual and had already spent the money to obtain the needed parts at McFarlane.
I asked for an estimated amount of labor hours and how many times the shop had replaced Rails. 12 to 16 hours was the estimate, and they went over the rivet, template process in detail. Shop employed a very experienced IA with decades of Cessna experience and two A&P.
Result: as advertised, 16 total hours of labor (both seats.) They also added carpet snaps, did some corrosion floor control with in that time.
Planning ahead benefited not just my budget, but gave the shop a clear timeline to manage this task. The annual and this AD took 3 days, and my airplane was in and out of their shop due to planning and a little pre inspection.
Take away, find a shop with a couple people that have done this AD .
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