Squawk Box

November 2001 Issue

Open to Trouble

Beech doors subject to wear that makes in-flight security questionable

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.


The FAA Aircraft Certification Office has called again for inspecting the door handles of Beech Debonairs, Bonanzas, Barons and Travel Airs. The checks are required by AD 97-14-15, but pilots should also familiarize themselves with the POH section on actions required in the case of the door coming unlatched in flight.

Pilots should be aware that an open door creates a lot of noise and loose objects in the cabin can blow around vigorously.

When inspecting the door handles, ensure the door handles are installed correctly and that the door handle does not have a worn...

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