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    Performance Aero provides these suggested installation steps without any assumption of liability on our part. Appropriately trained and certified personnel are required for the installation of all aircraft parts. If you choose to complete the installation yourself using these steps, you are solely responsible for the results.

    General Decal Application Tips:

    Many of our decals are protected on the top surface by an opaque cover sheet that needs to be removed after the decal is applied. To remove the cover sheet, gently roll or slide your finger across one of the corners of the decal towards the center of the decal. You may need to do this several times until the cover sheet begins to roll back.

    If after several attempts the corner you have selected does not begin to peel off, repeat the process on another corner of the decal.

    Once the cover begins to peel off, gently remove the cover from the decal. DO NOT use a fingernail or other sharp object to loosen the cover as it will tend to remove the decal itself.


  • Exterior Decal Kit Installation:

    NOTE: The universal decal kits for the Bonanza and Baron contain more decals than applicable to some aircraft. Use only the applicable decals for your aircraft model and serial number. Consult the aircraft Pilot Operating Handbook and Manufacturer's Parts catalog for proper decal selection and placement.

    CAUTION: Newly painted surfaces must be permitted to dry for 96 hours prior to decal application to ensure proper adhesion.

    INSTALLATION: For best results, please follow these instructions for decal application:

    Each decal in this kit is provided in duplicate, one with white lettering and one with black lettering. Select the proper decal to contrast with the surface color or the background to which the decal is to be applied. Decals should be applied at air temperatures of not less that 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Surfaces must be completely clean and dry for decal application. After placement allow 48 hours for the adhesive to cure on newly placed decals.

    1. Select the location upon which the decal application is to be made. For decals that are to be applied to both sides of the aircraft, carefully check the proper alignment for both sides before applying the decal. (For example: one side may have an obstruction that may require a different placement on that side and a corresponding relocation of the same decal on the other side.) Choose either the black or white lettering for the decal, to contrast with the surface location for the decal.

    2. Thoroughly clean the surface with a good quality cleaner or solvent that will not damage the painted surface or leave a film or oily residue. Some cleaners and solvents may damage painted surfaces. Test the cleaner or solvent on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that it does not damage painted surfaces.

    3. Carefully align the horizontal and vertical placement of the decal. This can be done by placing a strip of masking tape on the surface to butt against the bottom and/or side edge of the decal as the decal is laid in place.

    4. Remove the scored backing sheet from the decal. Carefully apply the decal to the surface being careful to avoid any air bubbles under the surface as the application is made. Be especially careful to avoid placing the decal over any rivet heads, if possible, as it will be difficult to make the decal lay flat.

    5. After application carefully squeegee the decal with a plastic squeegee or soft cloth to ensure adhesion. Go around each edge of the decal once again individually with finger pressure. Once the decal has been applied, the top surface, an opaque cover sheet, needs to be removed. To remove the cover sheet, gently roll or slide your finger across one of the corners of the decal towards the center of the decal. You may need to do this several times until the cover sheet begins to roll back. If after several attempts the corner you have selected does not begin to peel off, repeat the process on another corner of the decal. Once the cover begins to peel off, gently remove the cover from the decal. DO NOT use a fingernail or other sharp object to loosen the cover, as it will tend to remove the decal itself.

    These reproduction decals are to be used as replacement decals for use on the Bonanza and Baron aircraft. They are made in the USA of the highest quality 3M Brand vinyl materials with improved adhesion. They are designed specifically for exterior application to provide excellent weatherability characteristics. Each decal is reproduced in the exact original size and likeness and coated with a solvent resistant shield. Applied properly to clean dry surfaces, they will provide excellent long lasting performance.


  • Aircraft Lens Installation:

    All aircraft lenses will require some amount of trimming and drilling to fit your aircraft. A certified aircraft mechanic who is experienced in working with plastic lens materials should do all required trimming of lenses.

    Performance Aero does sell a special drill bit that should be used to make all required holes in lenses (Pn: 102).

    Note: No returns of lenses will be authorized for lenses that have been trimmed, drilled, modified or damaged in any way.


  • Door, Window and Exterior Seals Installation:


    3M Scotch-Grip 1300L or 1300T (available from Performance Aero, Inc.)

    Toluene to remove the old door seal and clean surfaces

    MEK (to thin adhesive as needed)

    Acid Brush for adhesive installation

    Rags for cleaning surfaces


    1300L, 1300T, Toluene and MEK contain dangerous chemicals. Follow all cautions for use of these products as provide by the manufacturer. These products may also damage painted surfaces. Test a small painted surface area before using these products.


    1. Remove the old seal(s) and adhesive (use Toluene to assist removal). A small plastic scraper may help with seal removal. Clean aircraft surfaces thoroughly to insure adhesion of the new seal.

    2. Check the new seals for proper fit. Wing Root and Stabilizer seals were originally designed for application prior to installation of the wing or stabilizer. If the opening for the seal is extremely narrow, some trimming may be required prior to installation. You may need to trim off a small portion of the seals bottom flange. Fit your seals to the aircraft prior to any trimming and have a plan prior to applying the adhesive. Do not stretch the seal during installation as this will result in the eventual shrinkage of the seal.

    3. Clean all dirt and powder residue from the new seal using a clean rag and a small amount of Toluene to insure adhesion of the new seal. Both surfaces must be completely clean and dry for the installation to be successful.

    4. Thin the 1300L or 1300T with a small amount of MEK as needed for the installation.

    5. Apply a thinned coating of 1300L or 1300T to both surfaces (to the seal and to the aircraft surface) using an acid brush.

    6. Repeat step #5 as needed, using a new acid Brush

    7. Using a new acid brush use a small amount of MEK to reactivate the seal a few inches at a time ahead of the seal installation. This step will assist in making the final installations go smoothly.


    1300L, 1300T, Toluene and MEK are all dangerous products that require the use of protective equipment for your personal safety. It is your responsibility to comply with all warnings for the use of these products. Toluene and MEK may also cause damage to painted surfaces. You are responsible for testing these products prior to use on your aircraft and for any damage that may result to painted surfaces from their use.


  • New Style Cabin Door Seal


    The new style cabin door seal is now available for the later model A36 Bonanzas (1984 and Up) and 58 Barons (1999 and Up). The new style seal was introduced by Beechcraft when the cabin door latching mechanism was modified.

    Unlike all of our other rubber based seals, the new style cabin door seal appears to be made of a silicone based material. The 3M Scotch-Grip 1300 and 1300L adhesives that we recommended for rubber based seals will not adhere effectively to the new silicone based seal.

    Installation Note:

    Prior to installation, you may want to contact Beechcraft Technical Support or your local aircraft mechanic for information on installation procedures and the best adhesive for use on the new style seal.

    For Your Consideration:

    We are providing the installation feedback we received from our aircraft mechanic customers. Several mechanics have reported effectively using the following steps and adhesives to install the new style cabin door seal.


    1. Remove the old seal and adhesive. Clean all surfaces thoroughly to insure adhesion of the new seal. Take care not to remove the paint from painted aircraft surfaces.

    2. Inspect the new seal and clean the seal as needed. Layout the new seal as it will be installed on the cabin door.

    3. Apply a thin coat of Clear RTV Silicone Adhesive/Sealant to the side of the seal that will be in contact with the cabin door. Note: The silicone adhesive/sealant should be a high quality Clear RTV Silicone Adhesive/Sealant such as Permatex, Dow Corning, or GE (Do not use the cheaper silicone bathtub caulking sold by home improvement centers).

    4. After the adhesive/sealant has been applied to the seal, carefully position the seal on the cabin door taking care not to stretch the seal.

    5. Once the seal is positioned around the door, carefully close and latch the door, making sure that the seal remains in the proper location on the door. IMPORTANT: To keep the door seal from adhering to the fuselage door frame, it is advisable to coat the door frame with a very thin coat of Dow Corning DC-4 Lubricant, as a release agent. This will ensure that any RTV that may squeeze out when the door is closed cannot bond the seal to both the door and the fuselage door frame. Bonding to both surfaces would result in the seal being torn apart when the adhesive has cured and the door is opened.

    6. After approximately one hour, carefully open the cabin door and verify that the seal is in the correct location. If all is well, close and latch the door and allow it to cure overnight.


    Carefully test all solvents or products that you use to remove the old seal and adhesive. Overly aggressive cleaning may also remove the paint. If the paint has been compromised, it may be necessary to clean, etch, prime, and repaint the impacted areas of the door or fuselage.


  • Fuel Sump Door Winged Stud Replacement:

    Remove old stud: Snip or cut off both sides of old stud pin and remove old stud from door.

    Install new stud: Insert new winged stud through hole in door first. Insert new stud pin in one side of new stud. Squeeze the stud pin through the stud as far as possible using a pliers. Place a small nut as a temporary spacer on the side of the stud where the stud pin has not yet pushed through. Squeeze the pliers against the stud pin on one side and against the nut on the other side, with the stud pin centered over the hole in the nut. Take care to avoid bending the stud pin. Push the stud pin through the stud, checking as you go, so that when you are finished, the stud pin protrudes evenly on both sides of the stud.


  • Baron Safe See Down Mirror Installation Instructions:

    Locate the best place to attach your safety mirrors to the inboard side of the engine nacelles. Leave the protective release paper in place on the back of the mirrors until you are ready to permanently attach the mirrors to the nacelle doors. You may decide to use two-sided tape or masking tape to temporarily attach the mirror to the nacelles. While the aircraft engine is not running and the aircraft is parked on the ground, sit in the pilot's seat or co-pilot's seat and look out the windows to determine the best placement for the mirrors. Move the mirrors around on the nacelle until you have decided upon the best location for you.

    Mark the placement of the mirrors and drill a small hole in the engine nacelle doors at the very center of the mirror location that you have selected. Drill the holes sufficient to accommodate the #8/32 mounting screw.

    Utilize a small instrument, pick or awl as a guide tool. Place the guide tool through the hole from inside the engine nacelle door and center the mirror over the hole. Remove the protective release paper from the two-sided tape on the back of the mirror and press the mirror permanently into place on the clean dry surface of the nacelle.

    Remove the guide tool and install the #8/32 screw provided with the mirror.


  • Fastener Kit Installation:


    Every attempt has been made to ensure that kits contain the correct fasteners for the subject aircraft. The listing of parts for each kit has been compiled from the manufacturer's parts list for your make, model and serial number of aircraft. However, there may be inconsistencies or alterations that were not accounted for in the kit. Some kits include extra parts to compensate for these inconsistencies. Before you begin removing components from your aircraft, compare the items in the kit with the items currently installed on your aircraft. We suggest that you lay out a sample of each item from the kit on a workbench. Using the appropriate "REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION" information as a guideline to the parts and probable location, remove a longer stud first and match it with the stud from the kit. Make a note of the stud's location as it pertains to your specific aircraft. In kits containing several lengths of studs, this process will quickly identify any potential inconsistencies not accounted for in the kit.


    CAMLOC FASTENERS: When using Camloc fasteners, DO NOT attempt to remove the stud's cross pin. Studs are removed by depressing the stud enough to allow it to be removed from the hole in the panel or the grommet.

    With the 2600/2700 series Camloc studs there are no special tools required. Simply remove the stud retainer (if installed) with a small pick tool, then depress the stud with your fingers and remove it from the hole.

    In the case of the heavy-duty 4002 series Camloc studs, you will notice that they use a grommet, which acts as a stud retainer. The grommet is retained in the panel by a snap ring (R4G standard or R4T high shear). The studs are removed from the grommet by using a special Camloc Pliers to depress the stud and allow it to be extracted from the grommet. The Camloc Pliers are required for removing and installing 4002 series Camloc studs, as the spring tension for these studs is very stiff.

    The grommets may be removed by using a curved pick tool to get under the snap ring and pop it off. The R4G standard retainer can be removed fairly easily. In the case of the R4T high shear retainer, significantly more effort is required. The supplier recommends modifying a good pair of snap ring pliers to expand the snap ring enough to work it free with a picking tool. As there is currently no tool available for this purpose, you may use a good snap ring tool that is ground on each side so that the jaws are thin enough to engage the snap ring. They recommend tapering the grind rearward so that the tool can better grip the ring when expanded. Grind the nose of the tool so that the jaws will be fully inserted into the grommet groove and get the best possible grip on the ring itself. The R4T retainer is very difficult to remove without the proper tools. With a carefully prepared snap ring tool and some technique these retainers can be removed efficiently. To replace the 4002 series Camloc studs and grommets, install the new grommets and secure them with the appropriate snap ring. If your aircraft requires more that just a few grommets you may want to use a snap ring installation tool. Install 4002 series Camloc studs by depressing them with the Camloc Pliers and angling them through the grommet. Once installed in the grommet the studs are self-retaining.

    DZUS FASTENERS: Almost all Dzus installations utilize a grommet, which acts as a retainer for the stud. By working the grommet from the backside of the panel and bending inward enough to slide through the panel thus removing the stud with it, you can remove this permanent grommet. Reinstallation of new grommets requires special tooling. A separate tool set for each size and head style is required. See 'TOOLING REQUIREMENTS' below. In order to lift the aluminum grommet material from the backside of the panel, you can use a nail cutting type of tool or a large end cutting pliers. Please take special note that old, bent and rusted spring receptacles will hinder proper fit and the engagement of new Dzus studs, especially stainless studs that are generally softer than the steel studs being replaced. Replacement spring receptacles are available.

    AIRLOC FASTENERS: Airloc studs are removed by pressing out the stud's cross pin. The cross pin serves a dual function as a locking mechanism and also as a stud retainer. Cross pins must be removed before the Airloc stud can be removed from the hole in the panel or the grommet. Airloc studs must be inserted through the hole or grommet before the cross pins are pressed in place. Panels that use grommets may or may not require replacement of the grommets depending on wear and current condition. Special tooling is required if the replacement of the grommets is determined to be necessary. See 'TOOLING REQUIREMENTS' below. The removal and installation of Airloc cross pins can be done with a properly modified set of vice grip pliers. The supplier recommends grinding a notch in one of the jaws of the vice grip pliers to provide relief for one side of the pin. Vice grip pliers are required to allow enough leverage to press the cross pins in and out. You may want to place protective tape on the inside jaws of the pliers to prevent scarring or damaging the Airloc stud's shank.

    TOOLING REQUIREMENTS: Special tooling for the installation of any of these kits is generally available. Some tools are in stock and others will require a special order. The cost for these tools may run as high as $50 or more. We attempt to stock the more common Camloc, Dzus and Airloc tools for your convenience.

    You must have the Camloc Pliers to remove and install the 4002 series Camloc studs.

    You must have the proper tool set for each Dzus grommet to be replaced.

    You must have the proper tool set for each Airloc grommet that needs to be replaced.

    IMPORTANT INSTALLATION NOTICE: After removing and replacing all fasteners using the appropriate tools and techniques, always check for proper cowling alignment and stud engagement. All studs should fit secure when engaged, fit flush with the cowl or grommet and not fall from the cowl when unlocked. If studs won't engage DO NOT force them. Use a longer stud if available or remove shims from the receptacle if possible. Check the receptacle contour. If studs protrude when locked use a shorter stud if available or add shims to the receptacle if possible.

    A certified A&P mechanic must complete conversion kit installations and appropriate logbook entries are required for ALL installations. Conversion kits for Beechcraft aircraft are not STC approved and are provided by request of A&P mechanics to replace less desirable fastener designs. Proper logbook entries and the completion of FAA Form 337 are the responsibility of the installer and the aircraft owner.


  • Flap Actuator Wing Access Cover Set:


    These Flap Actuator Covers were designed to be as close as possible to the original manufacturer's specifications. There is a left side (rectangular cover) and a right side (angled cover). These Covers are designed to be snapped to the existing snaps on the aircraft. There are snaps on both the left side (male snaps) and right side (female Snaps) of these Covers.

    The snaps on the aircraft were installed at the factory by individual mechanics who also aligned and installed the original covers. There are variations from one aircraft to another in the original snap positions on both the aircraft and on the original covers.

    These Covers were also manufactured and inspected by individuals. The snaps on these Covers are positioned as close as possible to the original cover specifications. Snaps on these Covers may not always align exactly with the original snap configuration on the aircraft.

    Installation Note:

    To accommodate minor variations in aircraft snap position, these Covers are packaged with two (2) male snaps, two (2) female snaps, and four (4) rivets needed to realign and install new snaps on the aircraft.


  • Rub Strip Tape:


    The Rub Strip Tape provided is an exterior grade polyurethane tape that provides surface protection for metals, plastics or composites. The transparent tape is abrasion and UV resistant and conformable for curves and irregular surfaces. The acrylic adhesive provides a high strength bond. The paper release backing makes the tape easier to use during installation. The tape can be painted with a high quality enamel, lacquer or polyurethane paint after allowing a minimum cure time of 24 hours. For best results, the tape should only be applied at temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Cutting of the tape will be easier when you use a new sharp cutting tool, blade or scissors.

    Installation Note:

    Rub strip tape can be applied to the forward, aft and lower edges of landing gear doors, cowl doors, or engine access doors. The tape may also be used on fixed panels and flanges.


    1. Application surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned prior to installation. Closely examine and clean all mating surfaces. Be sure to remove all of the existing rub strip material and adhesive before application.

    2. Thoroughly clean all application surfaces with a good solvent. Wipe the surface dry with a lint free cloth. If bare metal has been exposed during the cleaning, the application surfaces should be primed or painted prior to application. For best results do not apply tape to bare metal surfaces.

    3. Make sure that a clean flat work surface is available for the installation process. Temporarily lay a strip of tape with the liner attached on to the surface where it will be installed. Cut the tape to the length needed for the installation. Use a sharp cutting tool, blade or scissors to cut the tape.

    4. When installing the tape on landing gear door, cowl door or engine access door surfaces, strips should be aligned at least 1/16 inch from outer edges of the door. When installing material on the fixed panels and flanges, the strips should be placed so that they do not interfere with the tightening of fasteners or the closing of the door.

    5. Once the tape has been measured and cut to length, remove the paper liner and lightly lay the strip in place. You may prefer to keep the backing on and remove it as you do the installation. Experiment with a sample of the tape and use the technique that works best for you. Apply pressure on the strip for proper adhesion. DO NOT STRETCH the tape as it is applied. On the fixed panels and flanges, use your finger to press the material down into each indented area of the flange.


    This tape IS NOT for use on rotating leading edges such as aircraft propeller blades or helicopter rotor blades. Use in such a manner is done at the sole risk and total liability of the user. Before using, user shall determine the suitability of the product for its intended use, and user assumes all risk and liability whatsoever in connection therewith. Seller shall not be liable arising out of the use of or the inability to use the product.


  • Product Help - Bonanza Throttle-Mixture-Prop Vernier Cable Assembly

    Use caution when installing these cables.

    When threading the cable through the instrument panel, it is quite easy to strip the first thread on the threaded portion of the cable. If this happens, the backing nut will not thread onto the cable properly. If the nut is forced it may easily become cross-threaded and further damage the cable and the nut.

    Be careful when inserting the cable through the panel to avoid damage to the threads. Do not force the nut onto the threaded portion of the cable. If the nut will not thread onto the cable easily, the threads may have become damaged. The nut should thread on by hand with minimum effort.

    If the threads become damaged a small file may be used to carefully dress the damaged thread so that the nut may be installed.

    Note: Performance Aero can not accept returns of cables, or provide credit for cables that have been damaged in the installation process.