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Old 12-10-2019, 02:12 PM
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Default Taxi with Doors open?

If you own a RV-10, then you know all the other door issues. My questions concern taxiing.

1. Is it safe to taxi with the doors open slightly? If so, do you hold onto the door handling while taxiing?
2. I?ve heard that some pilots taxi with the doors fully open. I would think that adds far to much stress to those 2 hinges at the top, and a gust could potentially take a door off. Also, the prop wash could stress the door hinges. Thoughts?
3. What do you guys do when taxiing and it is really hot?

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Old 12-10-2019, 02:16 PM
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I open the door about 6" and hold it with my hand. I never start or taxi with the door open or up. I see people start and taxi with the door right up but I can't see it being good in the long term. The hinge/door is not rigid enough for that kind of use in my opinion.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:31 PM
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I'm not sure if it's 'safe' but I've taxied a number of times just holding the door a few inches open. I have my AC up and going now so when it's hot I turn it on.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:41 PM
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After loosing a door to a ANG C-130 prop blast, I have strict rules:
- Doors are shut and locked for any engine operation.
- Doors are shut and locked anytime on the ramp and my hand cannot reach it in short order.
- Doors can only be left open in a protected hangar.

The doors are amazingly fragile when not shut and locked. I know from my incident that a door just shut but not locked is as bad as full open. Don't risk it.

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Old 12-10-2019, 04:25 PM
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The factory Demo RV-10's are regularly taxi'ed with the pilot side door slightly open and held by the pilot.
Taxi'ing with the passenger side door slightly open might be done if the seat is occupied by another factory pilot or experienced employee, and they are holding the door.

The doors are never fully open for taxi or engine start.
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:52 PM
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I would regularly open and hold the door open a few inches when taxiing on hot days. I would open AFTER engine start. I would also get a decent ventilation through the NACA vents just from the prop wash.
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:36 AM
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I would regularly open and hold the door open a few inches when taxiing on hot days. I would open AFTER engine start. I would also get a decent ventilation through the NACA vents just from the prop wash.


this is my policy as well. We will hold the doors open a few inches after engine start, and for taxi on really hot days. but only with a hand on the door at all times.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:00 AM
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My policy is basically the same as Carl's with regard to the doors during engine ops-- closed and locked, no exceptions. Just too much risk for something to happen for my comfort level to have them open even a little. YMMV.....
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:10 AM
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?What do you guys do when taxiing and it is really hot??

It?s really a three stage process.

1. Rotate fan switch to ?High?.

2. Flip compressor switch to ?on?

3. Bask in cool refreshing de-humidified air.
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:32 AM
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Hopefully for me it will be:

engage Icy Breeze fan plumbed into overhead panel.
enjoy cool air during taxi and climb.
if necessary, fan myself with wads of Benjamins saved over real air conditioning.
land, shed weight of melted ice and replace only as needed.



(I live in four-season country, not the desert southwest.)
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