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Old 08-25-2014, 08:04 PM
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Default Tip Up Canopy Latch

I am getting ready to install the canopy latch mechanism and saw an RV-7A that did not have the latch handle protruding through the slot in the side of the fuselage. It just had a key lock in the canopy skirt that had a hook to hold it latched down to the canopy deck when in the locked position. Has anyone out there modified the side handle latch handle so that it does not require the slots being cut in the side of the fuselage? If so, I'd like to see pics of how you did it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:04 PM
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JDAir sells a really nice flush latch handle for the tip up.

I installed it in my RV-9A and also added a key lock for the canopy.


Lots more photos of my install in my build web site.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:23 AM
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JDAir sells a really nice flush latch handle for the tip up.

I installed it in my RV-9A and also added a key lock for the canopy.


Lots more photos of my install in my build web site.
Just be advised that if you intend to use Classic Aero's full Aviator interior with side panels, according to CAD, these latches are incompatible with their side panel. Nice looking latch, and I would have used it had it not been for the interior panel issue...
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:10 AM
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An added note about Classic Aero Interiors:
I have the Classic Aero Sportsman interior with this latch and they made a custom side panel for me. Working with Luke Doughton, I made a cardboard template and sent it to them. I also made an aluminum cover for my key lock and they covered it with leather. Came out perfect.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:30 AM
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An added note about Classic Aero Interiors:
I have the Classic Aero Sportsman interior with this latch and they made a custom side panel for me. Working with Luke Doughton, I made a cardboard template and sent it to them. I also made an aluminum cover for my key lock and they covered it with leather. Came out perfect.

I was happy you did the grunt work for me. I purchased the same last may they fit great.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:28 PM
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Classic Aero rocks...they made a custom cover for the flap motor housing for me, and it was *perfect*.

Now I just need to get them to come up with a cover for the tip-up side rails to cover the rivets and nuts
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:47 AM
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Default Added lock

Inspired by several other builders, I made a beefed up locking mechanism for the tip-up canopy. Here is how it operates:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJKU...ature=youtu.be

The cam lock came with numerous arms and I ended up using two of them to make a simple linked mechanism.
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