Flying with the doors off: STOL CH 750 light sport utility aircraft

Roger demonstrates taking both doors off the STOL CH 750 for summer flying on those hot days, and storing the doors in the large baggage area behind the seat...

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Comment by Conrad Watters on November 24, 2010 at 5:20pm
Thanks, Roger. It is a clear practical demonstration of the ease of removal, protection and re-installation of the windows. As Bob mentioned, my most memorable flying, as well, has been summer cruising with the doors off, in my Challenger.
While visiting the Bushplane museum last week in Sault Saint Marie ( Ontario) I noticed that the Beaver pullout wires often had a "?" shape at the end. This loop allowed one's finger to grasp the wire comfortably, rather than requiring a vice grip.
Although the wire seemed to pull out easily in the demonstration, I had concerns that it would be a tight fit. The suggestion by one of the curators at the museum was to use a stainless steel wire as it is slightly smaller -- As yet, I do not know whether it is a valid observation, but I have put it out as a possible consideration.
Comment by Bob McDonald on November 20, 2010 at 7:28am
Great idea Tim....my wife Kim just got another project for her sewing machine. :>)
Comment by Tim Garrett on November 20, 2010 at 7:05am
How about a custom sewn bag to put the doors into. The bags could have tabs to tie/hook or velcro into the baggage area to secure them.
Comment by Mike Schlichtman on November 19, 2010 at 2:34pm
thanks for posting......I love doorless flying....at least I did when I was younger. As I get older, it seems to have lost some of it's appeal. Might give it a go next summer.
Comment by Bob McDonald on November 19, 2010 at 1:32pm
Great video...Thanks. I flew "topless" (doors removed) in my Challenger during the summer. Its a whole new experience, the view, the smell of a fresh mown hat field... its incredible. So much more fun...now fly "topless" on amphibian floats along the river at tree top waving at the poor water bound boaters. Grind a dull point on your door hinge pins, and leave 1/2" longer with an "L" bend for easier tool free removal.
Comment by Mike Hammond on November 19, 2010 at 12:22pm
Nice! I have been waiting to see the 750 fly without the doors. How much wind buffet is there in the cockpit and how are the noise and comfort levels?

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