View Full Version : Lexan/Plastic Lower Door - Need 337!
The local AI will cover the lower door with lexan, but would like to have a copy of a 337 field approval on such a modification before trying to submit it here locally.
Anybody got one they are willing to share?
My fax number is 816-741-5212
MUCH APPRECIATED! :o
08-15-2002, 03:51 AM
YEP, YOUR ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT YOU HAVE THE WRONG AI.
I did get this issue resolved, he signed it off a while back. Thanks!
08-22-2002, 05:21 PM
One warning about Lexan, anywhere mosquito repellent touches it, it will cloud up. I suspect it is also susceptible to damage from other mild chemicals.
08-22-2002, 09:51 PM
Plexiglass is subject to the same problem! I had a guy thinking he was doing me a favor and sprayed "off" bug dope in my 180 and ruined $2000 worth of plexiglass!
08-23-2002, 02:31 PM
When I rebuilt my J-3/PA-11 a few years back.........I was told to use Lexan that it was better..........then I was told not to use it........because avgas will cloud it. I pour avgas on a scrap piece and nothing happened....even let it sit for a long period of time....and put more on it.........nothing ever happened. As for scrathcing easier........I didn't find that was the case either.........they both scratch. I do remember that the place I purchased the Lexan...told me that was a brand name.........and I can't remember the technical name for the glass.....but maybe there's different manufacturers of .......what we are all calling lexan.......and some is not as good as others........I would suggest a test and see. That was my experience. By the way......I have a friend that installed saftely glass on the left side sliding window............and no.....it's not approved, but doesn't scratch easily either...........Happy and Safe Flying "Brian"
08-23-2002, 11:02 PM
Heck I saw a Fairchild the other day that had Factory Safety glass with roll up windows? I thought, why not make roll up windows in a Cub? there is lots of room actually and a modified/ copied window regulator like a car would be pretty easy to fashion? I am going to the drawing board?
I would love to know more about the "quality" of Lexan, and same with Plexiglas?
I hear in Texas they just take the dern think out and throws it away when it gets all scratched up?
08-24-2002, 10:33 AM
Murph doesn't take his side winders out he blows them out in a side slip with a big bang.
08-25-2002, 11:51 PM
Yep, finally got tired of putting them back in and got 'em fixed, by a pro. Haven't blowed 'em since. Sure is hot in there now. :P
08-27-2002, 12:25 AM
In our spray planes, we are constantly flying back through lots of different chemicals. Many contain ethylene and other compounds that really play havoc on plexiglass windshields and side windows, especially if not removed pretty quickly. Once in a while I, or one of my pilots forget to clean it upon landing and it etches the windshield. We have had good luck with polishing it out with MirrorGlaze or even Dupont #7. We have to do this fairly routinely so we can keep seeing where we're going at 150mph at a nosebleed altitude of 2-3 ft.
08-27-2002, 12:19 PM
If I use Lexan for anything, I specify mar-guard Lexan, which is coated so the surface won't craze and get milky. The best testimonial I have is I used it for boat windows on the Susitna and Yentna rivers, they were always getting blasted with silt, and they always cleaned up like new. I'm using it on my 12 doors now.
09-27-2002, 04:41 PM
When putting lexan/plexiglas in the lower door half is it just done to the outer face or the interior side also? just looking for a consensus. Jeff
09-28-2002, 01:22 AM
You just put it on the outside. This is a mod I've never been fond of. Noisy, all the latching mechinisim inside the door is visible (ugly), heavier then fabric, breaks up the outside and inside paint job (stripes), another window to clean and get scratched, I don't sit that low. Ya, I know it's for your passanger - It's my plane and they're just along for the ride. Crash
10-16-2002, 04:37 PM
If you use Lexan use MR 5000 it cost twice as much but will not scratch.
This is what race cars are using. It will not take much of a bend as there is
a hard coating on both sides. It works fine for doors and side windows. It will cost around $200.00 for 4x8 sheet. It goes by different names depending on who makes it.
10-17-2002, 12:09 AM
I've got the MR stuff for a skylight. It's what I used to replace one I "broke". Another story, just remember that when landing on a knife-edge ridge top, a strong crosswind is also a wind from underneath the tail.
Lexan with MR is extremely scratch resistant, avgas-impervious, and can be bent in a bending-brake.
The MR coating must be somethin' special, cause everyone who uses "regular"(?) lexan says that avagas attacks it, and it scratches easily.
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