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Old 09-19-2023, 01:50 PM
BobTurner BobTurner is online now
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Default Cheapskate methods

As others have said, this won’t stop a determined thief. But I also fear predatory lawyers, who will sue me if some teenager steals and crashes my plane because I left it unlocked (‘attractive nucense’).
1. As noted above, a pin in the internal, inside door mechanism, can prevent the external button from moving in. Even simpler, I sanded a small piece of pine to wedge into the mechanism to keep the button from depressing. Painted it red, to remind me to remove before flight. After installing the pine, exit thru the baggage door.
2. Exiting thru the baggage door is a pain, so I also have two telescoping tubes that go over the external handle, keeping anyone from pushing the button. The tubes are locked together with a padlock. Just aluminum, won’t stop a real thief, but at least I made an effort.
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Old 09-19-2023, 08:54 PM
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I installed the Aerosport door handles as referenced in post #2 above. While the lock won't prevent someone from forcing the lock and getting inside, it is at least a bit of a deterrent. And I think the outside handle looks nicer than the stock Van's handle.

It's a bit pricy, but in the scheme of things, it's not much compared to the total cost of the RV-10.

Dave Macdonald

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Old 09-20-2023, 08:20 AM
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Waiting for the YT video to drop showing Bob Turner exiting his RV-10 through the baggage door.

FWIW, I'm in the "don't force them to break your airframe while they successfully steal your avionics anyway" camp.
Bill Boyd

Hop-Along Aerodrome (12VA)
RV-6A - N30YD - Built '98 / sold '20
RV-10 - N130YD - 120 hours
67 years running stock DNA
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Old 09-21-2023, 07:19 AM
togaflyer togaflyer is offline
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I just installed a basic lock set (like the one for the baggage door) positioned just below the handle (Vans) on the outside. When in the lock position it jams the the release mechanism. For the passenger door, a small piece of plastic that inserts into the inside handle that jams the release button. I have a remove before flight flag on that plastic piece. If someone really wants in they will get it. But cars, airplanes, etc, many times there are door shakers looking for something unlocked for a quick grab and run.
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