Now I'm really curious. In my career I have never observed anyone get out the logbook to make an entry before slinging a chainsaw to a faller or a dozen boxes of trees to the planters. I have never seen a chief pilot or ops manager remind a pilot to make his log entry for the door removal while hooking up the bambi bucket. I have never, ever, had someone stress to me the requirement to make a weight and balance amendment for a pilot door removal/re-install in the field. I don't recall ever seeing one of these entries in a log. Not ever. Have I been surrounded by anti-authority types and rule-breakers for the past fifteen years? So to help me to understand this, can one exceed the weight and balance limitations of a Bell 206 or 407 if all they want to do is take the **** door off to go slinging? Of course assuming that the external load is well within limits and there are no passengers or cargo in the cabin and the pilot does not exceed the doors-off Vne. I understand that in a very basic kind of way I would be altering the machine's configuration. Like installing a cargo basket or duals.
I found this in the 206 FM:
FLIGHT WITH DOOR(S) OFF
All unsecured items must be removed from cabin.
Do not exceed Airspeed and Center of Gravity Limitations.
Protracted rearward and sideward flight prohibited.
External Cargo Loading limited to 3350 pounds (1519.6 kilograms) gross weight
with any combination of door(s) OFF.
Flight with forward door(s) OFF is prohibited with litters.
Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Don't see Bell asking the pilot to make a W&B amendment. So where would this requirement for an "addendum" come from? If a pilot were to follow Bell's simple rules what does a weight and balance addendum entered in the logbook serve or accomplish?