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    pilot window replacement and number of screw holes

    Hello,

    I need to replace the window in the pilot door. My old window did not use
    the "fore/aft" alignment screws, but did use 5 screws along the bottom
    forward edge to secure the metal hinge for the vent window. After reading
    the installation instructions on the BAC website, I'm thinking perhaps I
    should use these fore/aft screws, because the new window is less curved than
    the window frame, thereby creating a large gap between the window and frame
    in this area. These fore/aft screw holes have been sealed and painted over,
    so using them would require drilling them out. (They are also smaller in
    diameter than the vent window hinge screw holes.) Should I or should I not
    use these fore/aft alignment holes? If so, what specific hardware do
    install in them?

    Also, my new window (from GLAP) has a different style vent window. The vent
    window hinges are attached directly to the window itself, meaning I don't
    need the five holes previously used for the metal hinge arrangement. Should
    I drill my new window to match these 5 holes in the door/frame, or should I
    plug the 5 holes in the door/frame?

    So, how many holes/fasteners are necessary for a new window installation--0,
    2, 5, or 7?

    Thanks,
    Philip Jones




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    pilot window replacement and number of screw holes

    >My old window did not use the "fore/aft" alignment screws, but did use 5
    >screws along the bottom forward edge to secure the metal hinge for the
    >vent window. After reading the installation instructions on the BAC
    >website, I'm thinking perhaps I should use these fore/aft screws, because
    >the new window is less curved than the window frame, thereby creating a
    >large gap between the window and frame in this area.
    >
    >Also, my new window (from GLAP) has a different style vent window. The vent
    >window hinges are attached directly to the window itself, meaning I don't
    >need the five holes previously used for the metal hinge arrangement. Should
    >I drill my new window to match these 5 holes in the door/frame, or should I
    >plug the 5 holes in the door/frame?

    Are you sure you have the CORRECT window? Sounds like the GLAP generic
    replacement window to fit several models doesn't match your setup.

    I'd start by making a paper template of the existing window and sending it
    to your supplier. Perhaps they sent you the wrong window, or they didn't
    manufacture it correctly. I had a windshield once that had been trimmed
    too short. Stuff does happen.

    You might try another supplier if GLAP can't give you satisfaction. I use
    Garner Rice @ FletchAir in Texas. They are an LP Aero Master Stocking
    Distributor, and I have not had fitment problems with the LP
    product. Garner is a Grumman specialist, but he will order and drop ship
    LP windows for you from their Jeanetta PA location.

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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    pilot window replacement and number of screw holes

    I replaced my pilot side window a couple of years ago. I've posted pictures of the installation at BAC in the maintenance section of the photos. If you have any questions, we can talk off line.

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    -------------- Original message ----------------------
    From: "Lynn and Philip Jones" <lynnandphilip@comcast.net>
    > Hello,
    >
    > I need to replace the window in the pilot door. My old window did not use
    > the "fore/aft" alignment screws, but did use 5 screws along the bottom
    > forward edge to secure the metal hinge for the vent window. After reading
    > the installation instructions on the BAC website, I'm thinking perhaps I
    > should use these fore/aft screws, because the new window is less curved than
    > the window frame, thereby creating a large gap between the window and frame
    > in this area. These fore/aft screw holes have been sealed and painted over,
    > so using them would require drilling them out. (They are also smaller in
    > diameter than the vent window hinge screw holes.) Should I or should I not
    > use these fore/aft alignment holes? If so, what specific hardware do
    > install in them?
    >
    > Also, my new window (from GLAP) has a different style vent window. The vent
    > window hinges are attached directly to the window itself, meaning I don't
    > need the five holes previously used for the metal hinge arrangement. Should
    > I drill my new window to match these 5 holes in the door/frame, or should I
    > plug the 5 holes in the door/frame?
    >
    > So, how many holes/fasteners are necessary for a new window installation--0,
    > 2, 5, or 7?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Philip Jones
    >
    >




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    pilot window replacement and number of screw holes

    I know this is a late thought on your window. Is it possible that you
    have a rounded sided sundowner, and a flat sided musketeer window?
    There are two fuselage styles here. Better check the window part number
    and how it compares to the year model of your plane.

    Joe


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    Thanks to all who responded.

    Philip Jones
    1972 Sundowner



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