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How does Southeast Aerospace calculate exchange prices and acceptable exchange cores?
Southeast Aerospace exchanges are based on the return of an undamaged, economically repairable core unit with identical part number as the unit shipped to the customer. An "economically repairable" core is defined as one where the cost to repair/overhaul (or Repair Cap) does not exceed 80% of the original SV/OH exchange price billed. Should the Repair Cap exceed 80%, the customer will be billed the additional amount. In the event this amount exceeds the Outright Price for the unit, the customer would only be billed the difference between the Outright Price and SV/OH Exchange Price with the core returned as-is to the customer.
Here is an example of such a transaction:
$1000 Exchange Price charged to customer
$1000 x .8 = $800 Maximum Allowable core repair charge or Repair Cap
$2000 Cost to repair core unit
- $800 Less Core repair cap
$1200 Additional billing amount.
2200.00 Total Cost of transaction
SEA offers exchange on new items as well. However, repair cap as indicated above is still based on SV/OH exchange price.
Why are exchange prices on EFIS indicators so high?
Most original EFIS tubes include older tube technology with a high voltage power supply (HVPS) and a CRT (cathode ray tube). Because units with CRTs can operate at high voltages they can be susceptible to significant failure. When failures in the power supply occur, they usually must be replaced. The failure can lead to problems in the CRT assembly itself as well.
In most cases, SEA exchange prices reflect the assumption that the HVPS will need to be replaced in the defective unit. Based on SEA’s historical data, approximately 75% of defective EFIS indicators will need to have the HVPS replaced but not necessarily the CRT. However, in most cases where the CRT must be replaced, then the cost is more than a replacement unit thus rendering the defective unit beyond economical repair (BER).
What are the common causes of EFIS indicator failures?
Most original EFIS tubes include older tube technology with a high voltage power supply (HVPS) that heats a CRT (cathode ray tube). Because units with CRTs can operate at high voltages they can be susceptible to significant failure. When failures in the power supply occur, they usually must be replaced. The failure can lead to problems in the CRT assembly itself as well. In most cases it is most cost effective to replace the unit with another serviceable unit when either the CRT or HVPS fail. In addition, the CRT is subject to screen burn in and needs to be replaced in order to be certified for use on an aircraft. Most manufacturers allow around 25% burn in before the CRT must be replaced.