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Old 06-13-2017, 05:15 PM
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Default Tip up canopy seal?

I'm just finishing the G3X install and want to get my canopy as waterproof as possible in the front area as the rain has already cost me a KN64. I understand most people use the P-type or D-type seal on the front edge to seal it, however the problem that still exists is the hinge area. I can't come up with a simple solution for a seal that will allow full motion of the canopy and still seal out the rain that is liable to seem into the cracks. Anyone have any ideas or pics of how they have sealed off this area?
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:36 PM
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Read these:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...7&postcount=24

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...8&postcount=14
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:51 PM
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Just to keep this going as the previous reply seems to point to a different design this is what mine looks like for the hinge in the front. I haven't run across any other rv'swith this setup so looking to see what others have done with this style of tip up

https://photos.app.goo.gl/O7amZ1OLuzYLOvip2
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:29 AM
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The image you posted looks like the older hinge design that includes clearance slots in the boot cowl. I have not seen those very often first hand or talked to folks that have them and fly in the rain. Sorry I could not help. Good luck.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:58 AM
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Would be awesome to see pics of what People has done!
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:25 AM
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Good timing. It looks like you want something like this:
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...&postcount=166
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:59 PM
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Default Steve's solution --- for parked airplane?

It looks as though these seals (look great!) are for a parked (not flying) airplane?

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Old 10-01-2017, 02:57 PM
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Those do look great, but I can't see how those would benefit on a flying aircraft. I've thought about 3D printing something, but it would need to articulate for when you tip the canopy up.

So far I've sealed around the hinge points with lexel sealant, and sealed the rest of the canopy across, however when closed you can still see light in the hinge area. Whenever I park it outside on trips I've just been using blue painters tape to tape the whole seam before I put the cover on. I do have a drip tube on the inside as well, though it is made out of rubber and I would like to fashion a new one out of aluminum.

If there's an easy way to convert to the newer style I'd love to, however I have a feeling it would be a very large undertaking and required a fair amount of work. Anyone else come up with a good solution?
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:56 PM
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Default no good way to seal hinge, but this works for me - tape

Apply 3" vinyl tape to canopy to the hinge line when the canopy is closed. make sure to extend the tape slightly outboard of the hinges. Open the canopy, get in and fly. The tape will be secure. I also use an interior avionics cover supplied by Aircraft Interiors (Abby) to cover the avionics. No water will ingress to affect the avionics. The water will drain to the side and then out. I don't get any water ingress with the tape method. The vinyl tape doesn't affect my paint. The tape will last multiple flights. This is the cheapest easiest solution that is effective. I think I'm a little faster with the tape.







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Old 10-07-2017, 09:20 PM
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Good pics and explanation. I've flown through quite a few heavy storms and water ingress is minimal in flight. On the ground when I'm out I'll tape up the seams. This method seems takes care of that and is cheap. Not permanent, but it works.
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