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Old 11-27-2011, 08:34 AM
Joe Joe is offline
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Default Why a Todd's Canopy?

Originally Posted by dav1111 View Post
Instead of a tip over go with a Todd's Canopy slider and delete the slider canopy from the Van's Aircraft ofer.
Why? I've heard only good things about a Todd's canopy but wonder if you can be specific.

For me, shipping cost is an issue but may be one that I can overcome.


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Old 02-23-2016, 07:10 AM
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Default forward sliding portion

Anybody thought of putting the roll bar behind the pilot seat and have a forward sliding canopy front and rear sliding canopy for the passenger?.

I trained in the zlin 242L for my initial licence and while it was a side by side, they had a forward sliding canopy with some sort of rail system on the cowl. Pretty slick.

Building an RV8 with the showplanes mod and have been thinking about this lately.

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Old 02-23-2016, 07:26 AM
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Among other reasons...

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Old 02-23-2016, 08:59 AM
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Great view Dan, but that's a lot of broken glass near your head if the thing is flipped.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:34 PM
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Years ago I worked on a Berkut (think Long EZ on steroids) where the canopy is split behind the pilot's head and hinged at the roll bar (also behind pilots head). The aft canopy is hinged behind passenger's head just like the pilots. Both canopies opened vertical about the hinge, think F4 phantom style. Both canopies had gas struts that pushed/held them open. Here is a link: I was trying to come up with a way to do this on the 8 but I really want to get the **** thing done so I can go fly itÖ
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:01 AM
Varga to Vans Varga to Vans is offline
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Default Canopy tip up

Any more photos of how the hinges and latching worked on the Berkut?
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:58 PM
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Default Canopy

I used the Toddís tinted rocket canopy with show planes fast back. Looks great and itís a slider very tight fit not drafty in the rear. I prefer the roll cage over my head. To many buzzards to hit flying in Texas.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike S View Post
1 more shoulder room.
Umm, have you actually sat in an 8? I am 6'2 230, with broad shoulders, and there is LOTS of shoulder room. Some people have joked that in order to use the side armrests, you would have to be an orangutan.

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Old 11-06-2017, 04:47 PM
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Default sat in it, couldn't go any other way

I sat in both while at Oshkosh a few years ago, once I sat in the fastback there was no other way to go for me.

The extra room was great(I'm 6ft5in), it was very noticeable to me.

Moving the roll bar behind my head has two advantages: better visibility and a nice handle to grab for getting up onto the wing/into the back seat.

The tip over also makes it easier to get into the back as the canopy is out of way instead of partially out of the way like the sliders.

Additional benefits:

I've not flown mine yet(finishing up the canopy now) but I hear it's less drafty than the standard.

Higher likelihood of ejectability of the canopy

FWD instrument bay/panel access

I like the fastback appearance

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