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Thread: Inspection Panel Removal

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    Hooray! I wasn’t the only one! I guess this shows that it isn’t completely common knowledge or that it is covered extensively on YouTube...

    Thanks everyone for educating and reassuring my concerns.

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    When in doubt, DOINK!
    Glen Geller
    1955 PA22-150 "One For Papa!"

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    Oh my. Thanks for sharing. I've walked this path. My plane came with all domed inspection port covers. The pop/doink type... The first one to leave me, on the right just aft of the fuel sump, left ten seconds after I took off from Montana when I purchased the plane. Made it 300 miles with an uncovered hole and duct taped it over at the first fuel stop headed back to Marina CA. I replaced several of the most inboard domed original type with the recessed type shortly after that because they are more resistant to drumming action on the inboard side from the prop. They don't doink to come off. Just slide them one way, rotate down, then slide the opposite way. Anyway, after some time (two years) I learned my fabric was loose on the inboard side from all the "windows" or holes cut on the inside root of the wing to allow access/inspection of gas tank wires, fuel lines, ribs, etc. So I started patching those big holes and shrinking them and thereby pulling taught the fabric on the bottom side just outside of the root. I recently started putting back the original convex port covers and, "magic", they live there fine now, happy. Realize this. Your plane is not as delivered from the factory. Most "mods" over time have not been to its benefit, I'd bet.

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    Default Re: Inspection Panel Removal

    These are the style inspection plates Subsonic referred to. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...slipcovers.php
    I prefer them because the recess does not allow them to slide around.

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    that spare key sounds like a gold standard timesaver tip

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