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    Door Popping open.

    Hmmm-



    As I taxi out, I shove hard on each door - pretty often, one of them pops open.



    After I slam it, usually it stays closed.



    If I DON'T test it, and it's not latched, the door pops open about 40MPH

    indicated, and if I'm at home, I just chop the throttle, slow down to about 20,

    and slam it again, then giver 'er the gun and go!



    If I was at a little airport, I'd just have to go ahead and take off and come

    around and land again to fix the door.



    NO WAY I could push the door open far enough to get a pull hard enough to slam

    it, if I'm faster than 50 or so.



    Bill Howard

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    N1927W 1973 Sport 150

    Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director

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    Door Popping open.

    Bill, you need to check your striker plates, and/or door seals. Door pops should be close to rare, beyond uncommon. "Pretty often" is right off the charts of reasonable expectation. It sounds to me like you are having to slam your doors too hard, in order to get safe engagement of the camming tongues. If the seals are standing the doors away more than the stock seals, you may need to adjust the striker plates just .050" to .060" further outboard. It won't cause the door to stick out very much further, but it can make a huge difference in safe initial latch engagement. You should not tolerate the current unintended door-opening probabilities.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Bill Howard
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    Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:13 PM
    Subject: [BAC-Mail] Re: Door Popping open.


    Hmmm-

    As I taxi out, I shove hard on each door - pretty often, one of them pops open.

    After I slam it, usually it stays closed.

    If I DON'T test it, and it's not latched, the door pops open about 40MPH
    indicated, and if I'm at home, I just chop the throttle, slow down to about 20,
    and slam it again, then giver 'er the gun and go!

    If I was at a little airport, I'd just have to go ahead and take off and come
    around and land again to fix the door.

    NO WAY I could push the door open far enough to get a pull hard enough to slam
    it, if I'm faster than 50 or so.

    Bill Howard
    BeechSportBill
    N1927W 1973 Sport 150
    Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director
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