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Door latch bar

The latch/bar that holds the door open only works (props the door open) by lifting the small bar to latch into place once the door is fully open. I thought this was the way is was supposed to work. The shop that's working on the aircraft says it's not right. They are recommending a Door Steward. What I can see of these online looks very aftermarket. I don't like the look.....

Is there an OE fix for this?

Model: Bonanza G33
Aircraft Serial Number: CD-1273
Posted 9/6/2023 - 5 months ago
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The factory door stay relies on tension applied to the steel unit to make & hold the open detent. The stay resides in a box, or hat-section below the door. Unfortunately, the same tension that makes the stay hold also wears out the lower web of the hat-section. You stated G33; this area is accessible with some interior removal, and your A&P can fabricate an overlay repair and locate a new hole for the wear to happen from, and cherry-max it to the hat-section,

I have done that repair to countless Bonanza's over the years, but not since the Door Steward came out. They are (apparently) not for everyone.

Mike
ABS Technical Advisor

Posted 9/6/2023 - 5 months ago
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Check out Aircraft Spruce Part# 05-03574 and you can see what the door steward looks like. We have installed many and have not found anyone yet that doesn't like it.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/dsteward.php?clickkey=14303

Bob Ripley
ABS Technical Advisor

Posted 9/6/2023 - 5 months ago
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Thanks for this. I’m going to hold off and look closer to rebuilding the existing. When I open the door and lift the bar with my toe the door stays open. Need to understand how it correctly operates. Apologies for my comment on the after market unit. The OE latch is so nice as it just disappears when closed. My OCD kicked in! Much respect to you both.

Posted 9/6/2023 - 5 months ago
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Door latch bar