Flying with the door open

Discussion in 'Lessons Learned' started by Timbeck2, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Ryanb

    Ryanb En-Route PoA Supporter

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    Last time it happened to me was with Carr at FGU. Blasting down 3 on initial takeoff and pilot side door popped. Continued the roll and shut it once airborne at safe altitude. He seemed happy with the decision.
     
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    When I was just an instrument student, after the flight and at parking I pushed on my door before grabbing the handle to discover the door was never shut.

    To add more, during the flight the instructor and I both commented on how much louder this plane seemed than the other 172s in the fleet....:idea::lol::lol:
     
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    I heard Ben is no longer doing rides, both my PP and IR were with him. Good guy! Funniest Ben question: While doing my preflight of the 172 on my PP checkride, he asked why the plane needed a wire to hold the tail up. (ADF wire, Lol) He had other questions he asked that were posed in a strange way.
     
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    Yeah, sad deal. I understand he had some heart troubles and underwent open heart surgery a couple of months back. Returning to his DPE duties sounds unlikely. Definitely a good guy. Enjoyed my time with him.
     
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    Remos is specifically approved for a flight with doors removed, but the manufacturer does not permit them being open and closed in flight. Also, I know from experience that drag increases quite a bit with no doors, and that may cause the engine to overheat. Although the situation may be aggravated by the heat and altitude in New Mexico.
     
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    I had a couple of instances, including a checkout in a 172 when it popped when we were rolling for takeoff. I was a rated PIC receiving dual at the time, and I'm certain that I ran the check-list. Even today I suspect a prank by the CFI, although he acted innocent. I elected to abort the take-off.

    Another time, I think I plain old was negligent or otherwise screwed up running the pre-taxi check-list. It was when I visited our friend Jay at Port Arransas.

    In Carlson, I had a door pop open by itself. Again, I knew it was a matter of when, because of the latch design that used friction. So one day I started slipping to land and the door flew up and slammed the wing. What's amazing though, there was no damage at all. I thought the door handle would go through the wing fabric for sure, but nope. The door had just enough bend to prevent it. After landing, I modified the latch to lock the door mechanically, rather than with friction.
     
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  7. timrb

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    When I was a student pilot on my first solo cross country, I realized mid-flight that both doors of the 172 I was flying were unlatched. That's when I discovered you can steer a 172 with the doors.

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    I thought flying with the door open was required in a Cub. I didn't even know the doors closed til I read this story. Apparently Cubs don't know that their doors are supposed to be closed in flight, either, hence your need for some improvised lashery from your haberdashery.
     
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    C172, with wife in back seat, and stepdaughter in front. The window popped open in cruise flight. Made a loud bang, and got very windy.
    I reached over and pulled it closed, and latched it. No worries. But it was quite surprizing to say the least.
     
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    If ya fly it in the winter you'll close it! A lot more fun when it's open though.
     
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    :D

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    Paulie Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Boeings have plug doors, the only way they'll open when pressurized is if the structure around it fails.
     
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    Paulie Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Had s jump door open in my 182 with a pax that was not a jumper. Big hole for him to look out of. He wasn't happy. A little rudder and the door closed.