Cabin Door 1
The door cracked at the upper forward corner, aft upper corner and along the inner skin.
Cabin Door 2
John Yegerlehner cuts the sealant on the upper hinge.
Cabin Door 3
Here the door is prepared for removal, the paint is stripped to reveal the hi-lok fastener heads.
Cabin Door 4
Mike Catherwood poses with the door just after its removal.
Cabin Door 5
A custom box was built, again by Mike Catherwood, to protect the door during its shipment to Wichita.
Cabin Door 6
After the door was repaired, it was found that the new forward extruded edge was installed with a slight outward bend, the manufacturer’s representatives informed Spectra Jet that they would have to “beat the door to fit” just as it was new from the factory.
We DON’T beat on an aircraft’s anything, so we gently bent the door using large clamps. Here, Mike Catherwood measures the amount of outward bend to be removed.
Cabin Door 7
Next the door was installed and clamped to assure it would open and close easily.
Cabin Door 8
Prior to stipes, the door looks great already!
Cabin Door 9
The finished door back on the aircraft and ready to depart for home. Note that there is no evidence of the damage after Spectra Jet’s repair.
Cabin Door 10
Ready to go.