I am pilot/flight instructor working for an owner of a flight school in Van Nuys, CA. I'm also helping out with management trying to keep us afloat. We also do a fair amount of maintenance for ourselves and for another local flight school who has several planes. We recently aquired a new hangar and the rent is a lot of $$$$$. The problem is we have people who are on payroll that I believe are milking the system. The owner is dumping a lot of money each month into the biz and not getting the return. He is a super nice guy and doesn't do well confronting people. He told me he needs to trim the fat or get these guys motivated somehow. He's really old school and believes if he pays a guy for an hour of work he should get an hour of work in return. Imagine that... I'm not a mechanic nor do I claim to be. My boss wants me to help him straighten things out around here but I don't know where to start. My question is, how are most A&P's paid? Recently we flew up north to replace a cylinder on a Seneca. The mechanic had a hot date or something that night so he busted out the job in a couple hours. Two weeks later we had to replace another cylinder on the same plane and it took him two days. I was in the auto business years ago and the mechanics who worked at the dealer were all "ASE certified" which meant they could work on pretty much anything. However, everyone specialized in something (brakes, transmissions, etc) so they could complete the job in less time then the book specified. If the shop book said you should be able to do a brake job in 2 hours then you got paid 2 hours for the job. If the guy was good he could get it done in 1 hour but still got paid for 2. Some mechanics were flagging 80+ hours each week. A transmission guy making $25+/hr made a pretty decent living. Either way there was a specific amount of time so the mechanic knew what standard he was held to and the customer knew how much money they would have to spend on the repair. So how do we keep tabs on these guys? Are there any GOOD people out there who work fast and experienced that need a job in the SoCal area? I'm looking for an experienced A&P that might become a shop manager and help solicit for new business. Oh, and you have to be willing to start work by 8AM. We can't seem to get our guys in here before 10AM and they're looking for lunch an hour later.