Here's a recent Google Earth image of the Stoddard-Hamilton hangar and factory area. The building at the top with the various airplanes parked outside is not part of the S-H operation.I’m sure it’s done there because of labor cost and EPA OSHA compliance. Also wondering because of low skill rate, they have to over man the factory. Does anyone know how many people worked in the Lancair or Glasair factories when they were jumping at their kit manufacturing peak?
Quite a bit different than my firetruck example. Other than coach work, wiring, plumbing and paint everything else was OTS.I know the Enstrom helicopter factory has between 120-180 people to build 20-50 helicopters a year, << >> Mostly machinists as they make just about everything in house.
For my build, there were two inexperienced (with the Sportsman, but proficient with a wide variety of tools and techniques), my son in law and me, and an average of two highly experienced making certain that we didn't make a mistake and assisting with the build. Two weeks of that at 60 hours per week, or 480 Man Hours. That was to airworthy condition, but not painted.... Not all the same, but how many were there on the two week to taxi?
Thanks...haven't been to that side of the field for quite a long time.The current Glasair Aviation facility is south of the complex shown above. See it here, just to the right (east) of the DC-3. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-122.1529552,252m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en The Sportsman kits are built in the building under the "Aviation" tag, and the and TWTT workshop / hangar is the building under the "Gla." A covered walkway connects the factory with the TWTT hangar.
One other factor we should consider is that a lot of Icon's composite work is done in Mexico. Does anyone know if the work is done by an Icon-owned company, or a separate subcontractor?I know the Enstrom helicopter factory has between 120-180 people to build 20-50 helicopters a year, depending on lean or full capacity. Mostly machinists as they make just about everything in house. It is not an efficient factory. These things are pretty much made just like 1965. They have been doing it a long time, which helps. The tail is aluminum monocoque, the center is 4130 tube, the front is aluminum substructure with fiberglass shell, and all the machined little bits. Maybe 6-10 assemble the final parts.
Agree with your estimate... So I still hold with ~75-100 people involved, at that time.
ICON built a new 300,000 square foot facility there. They own the facility and the decision to make that investment.One other factor we should consider is that a lot of Icon's composite work is done in Mexico. Does anyone know if the work is done by an Icon-owned company, or a separate subcontractor?
Yup, discussion starts with post #1150.Just got this in today:
Hope it doesn't impact this company too much, lots of rich folks wanting their massively overpriced toys dontchaknow....