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Old 02-04-2018, 11:55 AM
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Default canopy jettison handle

For those who opted NOT to have the canopy jettison handle coming through the instrument panel, what was the modification made? Was the handle shortened somehow so it is still accessible in the sub panel area?
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:56 AM
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Also very interested to see or hear about solutions for this .. right now I just have mine cut down and temporarily installed to work the canopy release.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:47 PM
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This is a typical mod .. cut the handle back to the sub panel and then clamp in place. This is not designed to be accessible in flight.

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Another option that can be reached from below the sub panel. Used by others on this forum, not sure if it will work with the RV-14
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:19 PM
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I couldn't fit the handle above my G3X so I drilled a 1/4" hole in the panel above it and used a loop of safety wire twisted and attached to a key ring that rests above the G3X. It is not easy to pull, but it can be done. I can not imagine a situation that it would open by itself. If I can't pull the ring hard enough on the ground to open, I have access panels cut into the foreskin that I can reach in and make sure it is tight or release if needed on the ground.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:24 PM
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I truncated the push rod at the sub panel and attached with a screw/nutplate. (Obviously with a castle nut on the screw)




I have used this feature at least 4 times to remove the canopy - I'm really glad I did it. (Cautionary note: remember to remove the canopy hinge cover plates before you remove the canopy or you will be remaking them!)
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:41 AM
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Use a Bowden cable and you can mount it anywhere on or under the panel.panel.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:20 AM
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Use a Bowden cable and you can mount it anywhere on or under the panel.panel.
Per Ron's suggestion some time ago, we did that for our RV-7A tip up. The execution would be a little different, but conceptually this would also work on your RV-14. I know another RV-14 builder who saw our work at Synergy and planned to do the same for his plane.

Pictures are a little fuzzy but you should be able to see the T-handle bowden cable and how we modified the Van's design to work with the cable.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cqmjduas...j832vT8za?dl=0
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:19 AM
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Default Gizmo mount

Another option: I have a Gizmo Mount for my Garmin GPS pressure fit and easily removable on the panel. When removed the handle is assessable on the sub panel.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:33 AM
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Don't really like the idea of disabling any safety-related feature. We'll probably be wearing parachutes when doing aerobatics with a passenger or just trying new stuff or exploring the edges of the envelope. Also, pulling the hinge pins may be handy for water ditching or some other emergency egress.

I just got a short length of webbing, glued a washer on each end and fastened it across the handle (see pic). The upper fastener is a thumb screw going into a nutplate, so the strap can be removed in just a few seconds, but it's secure enough in case of a panicky passenger or some clueless individual who thinks it's the heater control...:-)


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