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Opening Door While Flying

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Have you ever tried opening the door while flying? I have. Today I was in the RV-6 in Flight. I was cruising at 5000 feet level with no hands on the Joystick and I accidentally opened the door. The next second, I noticed that I was descending at 2000 ft/minute. I works in the Icon too. I haven't tried the others, but I'll get back after I'm done testing.


Alex Leung

 

Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate

Glider & Private Pilot via Royal Canadian Air Cadets

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Back when I working on my PPL in a C-150. My instructor demensrated how opening the doors would yaw the aircraft left or right with out touching the rudder bedals. The same thing can be done with a twin engine aircraft with defferential power adjustment of the engines. Of course we can't do that with the C-46 can we.

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Seems like the only aircraft that won't do it are the stearman and the cub. Only deluxe planes can offer you openable doors.


Alex Leung

 

Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate

Glider & Private Pilot via Royal Canadian Air Cadets

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The Maule is a blast to open the doors when it's full of passengers......then fly inverted while the doors are open and listen to the screaming.

 

O and Cntrl O for added effect.

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Also try diving at the ground from a good height. As your speed gets up there, the noise level goes up and you start to get some buffeting..........


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