Opening the Skyvan door is often a high stress event because in many cases the first people out do not have a lot of experience with the door (floaters on the bigway) or is a cameraman who cannot get the door all the way up due to his wings - so it's a group effort, often with a lot of yelling and pressure.
Easy fix, have someone capable of working the door sit next to the door. The Skyvan is one of the easiest planes to move around in, so there's no reason not to seat a capable person next to the door. Even if that person is not in the first group out, it's no problem for them to walk towards the front of the plane after securing the door.
The other aspect of that is an aircraft emergency. If the pilot gives the order to exit, the last thing you want is to have to wait for someone who is not familiar with the door, or who is afraid of the door and hesitant with it's operation. Your best bet for success is to have a clear designation of responsibility ahead of time, so there's no need to figure things out or make changes in the event of an emergency.
(This post was edited by davelepka on Oct 11, 2012, 4:41 PM)
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