The Door Steward™ is a product improvement installation that greatly improves the operation of the forward utility door. The installation consists of a gas spring attached to brackets mounted on the forward utility door and the airframe. When the forward utility door is unlatched the gas spring gently but firmly opens the door to the full open position. The gas spring while in the open position protects the aircraft and occupants from unexpected openings and closings by providing resistance to considerably higher wind gusts and prop wash than the original stops. In addition, the gas spring is extremely simple and reliable. The weight of each door installation is ½ Lb. Closing the door compresses the gas spring. The gas spring can easily be removed from its brackets to facilitate removal of the aircraft door, replacement of a defective gas spring or to conduct other maintenance.