|The Door Steward is an STC and FAA-PMA approved modification for aircraft doors. The modern gas spring greatly improves and replaces easily broken, malfunctioning mechanical type door stops and restraints that become ineffectual with repeated use and age. Pilots enjoy the fact that the Door Steward gently opens and firmly holds the door open. The Door Steward consists of a modern inert gas spring with all the necessary brackets and hardware. Detailed installation instructions are included and make it easy to install and requires virtually no maintenance. Model 200C10|
These Door Stewards work great! They hold the doors open, you donâ€™t have to worry about a gust of wind closing the door while your getting in and out of the airplane. They work much better than the factory door stops.
Excellent addition for any aircraft. Have installed on 3 thus far. Greatly enhances ingress/egress.
I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars. The product works extremely well on my Cessna 180. The only quibble I have has to do with fitting the airframe bracket. Bending it to the right angle causes some deformity in the bracket near the original 90 degree bend. It is not serious, but, if the bracket were opened up a bit initially, less bending would be required. Otherwise, this is a great replacement for the original clanger door stop that was not reliable and allowed the door to fly open too far or not stay open.
I have yet to install this on the right side but have already installed one on the left and it turned out perfectly. I am sure this one will be the same.
The door steward works great. The installation was easy enough. There is a YouTube video that helps a lot too. The door opening problems are now a thing of the past. I highly recommend the product.
Just installed as IA on a Cessna 175 Had to install countersunk cherry max rivets for extra clearance between door and door frame. Clean installation left the upper door holders in place because of the flex in the door at full open.
Just happen to see the reviews on our product and wanted to respond to Ron and Petes review about having to bend the airframe bracket upon installation. Each model and even years vary slightly in that angle, there are a few that are actual 90 degress. It is just a minor customization needed for the variability of Cessnas manufacturing over the years. Dave Paradis, Mtn View Aviation
Nice kit. Good quality pieces. Nothing missing. Install was on an 81185. Per the video, which you should watch, the airframe bracket did need to be tweaked. No problem. Also needed to tweak the door bracket. In the process the paint cracked. Disappointing but it isnt very visible. Made the investment in some clecos and pliers. Certainly made the job easier. Would definitely recommend this for a nose high taildragger.
Good and easy install. My only complaint is the bracket that is attached to fuselage is bent at 90 degrees. Should be more like 75 degrees or 80. They warn you about it in the install and on the youtube clip they have on installation. Why did they not bend it the correct angle in the first place. Other than that it was a good experience.
Yes, these units are priced and sold as a pair. (left hand / right hand)
This installation does not qualify as preventive maintenance. It is an FAA-STC product that will require an A&P with IA authorization to sign the FAA Form 337 after installation. The installation is not complicated and the A&P may allow the owner to install, but the A&P would still have to inspect and sign off the installation.
Yes, there is a safety clip that is installed to prevent accidental disconnects. If the clip is removed the gas springs pulls directly off the ball studs.
Yes, part # 05-00922 is a kit of both left and right.
Per Vendor: That is rather propriety to the STC data package. The all of the loads and stresses were all evaluated by an FAA Designated Structures Engineer and a detailed report submitted to the FAA for approval. You can assure the potential customer that there are not any undo stresses. If the client is a member of Cessna Pilots Association their forums have discussed the Door Steward installation many times over.