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    Default Vagabond left door modification.

    Hello,

    Does anyone have information regarding modifying a PA-15 to have a left hand door. I have seen a few with them, but have not been able to find out if they were done as an STC of if they are a field mod.

    Thanks,

    Bill Sponsler

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    Bill,

    I went through all of the published STCs for the PA-15 and PA-17 looking for a left hand door STC and could find none. The ones you saw were probably done on a field approval. You might talk to the Stewarts in Cashmere, WA http://www.stewartsystems.aero or Eddy Trimmer in Alaska http://www.trimmeraviation.com/.

    Tom Anderson

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    My PA 17 has a left door done in 93 with a 337 that only referenced N4691H, 17-89, dated 6-30-64 and another 337 N4590H, 17-4, dated 10-9-87 that was approved by the NM-FSDO-65 R F Masterson, FAA Inspector. Missed a chance to buy N4383H, 15-168, that has a left door with a FAA field approved 337 dated 10-28-03 referencing a one time STC SA1125GL for a PA 17, 17-180, dated 1-14-87 with drawings, photos and written descriptions. Personally, it I was to do the mod, I would handle it through Terry Bowden, DER, Certified Aeronautical Products, barnstmr@aol.com or - (254) 715-4773. The FAA literally has stopped doing field approvals, unless you have a great FAA inspector to work with. Also, a step added is a separate mod that requires approval as no PA 15/17 ever came from the factory with one.
    A V Ator

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    Thanks for the great information. I'm currently working with Eddy Trimmer and he is working with the FAA to get the PA-15/17 included in the 16/20/22 STC for the float plane door. Not sure what the timeline is with the FAA, but its a start. I'll post one way or another when I get more information. Bill

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