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How do I ... ?

If you wish to have work done you must get on the work list, We do not call customers back when we are passing thru an area to see if they want work done, I do not like to bug a customer or sell by pushing people into it. You know how bad your windows are I don't.

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Where can I find ... ?

If you want to check us out go to the Beech owners group on the net or the ABS group and see what people we have done work for say.

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Why doesn't ... ?

We do not give out names and phone numbers of customers, If you have a past customer at your Airport and He or She wants us to give out there name then we will.

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Who is ... ?

Jim Klug is the owner and does the installations, He has been working on Beech planes for 34 years.

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Windshields.......

This is an example of a early model Beechcraft windshield installation. It could be any aircraft model 35, 33, 55, 56, or 95. Beechcraft did not use the sloped style windshield until the 1968 models. The window is available in 1/2, 3/8, inch thick as well as clear, gray and the Beech factory color green. Note that some aircraft had clear windshields with green tinted side windows. I have not seen any late model aircraft with any color other than green. ( P-58 Barons have gold colored windows) . On the older models with the old style instrument panel with the solid riveted in defroster. This installation removes that defroster and replaces it with a new one mounted forward of the old one. This makes it easy to remove the new style glare shield to perform any work on the instrument panel.

The Base of the new windshield is finished off with a formed aluminum faring strip that is riveted to the aircraft cowl. The interior trim strips are put back in place along with a new glare shield and compass mount to complete the job. Note that on Early Debonair and late model Travelairs models Beechcraft did not supply the interior trim and to finish the job this will be needed. On some aircraft that have had windshield replaced the trim was not reinstalled and they will need new ones to finish the job.

The Late model aircraft 1968 and after have two types of installations available. One uses the factory frame and on the thicker windows 1/2, 3/8, inch the original was 1/4 inch thick the windshield is milled down to 1/4 where it goes in the factory frame and then is riveted back into the airframe. On the other the window is larger and the rivets are replaced with 6-32 counter sunk machine screws with tinnerman nuts and washers. 1/4 inch holes counter sunk on both side in the window along with a rubber type of glue hold it in place. This type of installation properly done looks no different than the factory type other than the flat screw heads instead of rivets.

The drilled type of installation work well if done by someone that has followed the instructions for the replacement. But the milled edge install is by far the best. If you use the drilled edge type you have forever changed the Aircraft and to return it to the original will cost a lot. The thicker windows add some weight but 8 to 16 pounds buys a lot of bird protection. As a rule 3/8 inch thick is great but if you are replacing the window because big bird just went through it you may think 1/2 is not to thick. Another plus for thicker windows is the sound reduction.

One other thing to know is that all windshields are not created equal the good ones are made from aircraft grade plastic not the cheaper commercial grade. Cheap windows are still cheap windows.

 

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The work is done when we put together a trip thru the area, Check the services page for areas.

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