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Old 10-11-2017, 11:04 AM
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Default Need info converting a finished -7 to add a jettison canopy.

Iíve searched the forums but yielded limited results.

How difficult is this process to add to a flying aircraft?

Does vans sell a complete kit?

My center stack consists of (ADV AP, GTN 650 2nd com) with a ADV 5600(left) and a D60 as a stby (rt side).

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ricky
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:39 PM
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You don't have a set of plans? The few parts required would be called out on them & the arrangement for installing also illustrated.

Difficulty would depend on how many parts the original builder omitted when putting the plane together, and how many components would have to be relocated on your panel to fit in the pull handle.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:54 PM
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How difficult is this process to add to a flying aircraft?

Does vans sell a complete kit?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ricky
Ricky as Ralph has mentioned that these parts are all listed in the plans. No Vans does not have a "kit" for the jettison handle and associated parts. Again as Ralph mentioned you'll have to verify exactly what is and isn't installed on the airframe. I do not know the depths of the equipment you listed so if they go thru the sub-panel where the jettison handle (and parts) are supposed to be (hence deletion of the handle and parts) then you'll need to relocate those. Pretty much a full panel / subpanel rebuild.

Here is DWG 47 for the 7 tip-up showing the parts needed to install. I would suggest that if you do not have the plans for this aircraft you order the CD from Vans. You should also ask for the instructions to this section of the build.

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Q...yAoy36PVWWZE5p

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Thank you very much guys for your detailed explanations. I will start by contacting the builder and ask him a few questions, then go from there.
Again, thanks for your time and reply! Ricky
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In addition to the parts listed in the drawings, you will have to cut the top skins above each hinge. Then add a light layer of fiberglass and paint to cover the slots.

Good luck with the mod and may you never have to use it!
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The T-handle does not have to protrude through the instrument panel. You can use a Bowden cable or similar flexible cable to route the T-handle to any other place in the cockpit. This is a relatively easy mod to do on a finished airframe.
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The T-handle does not have to protrude through the instrument panel. You can use a Bowden cable or similar flexible cable to route the T-handle to any other place in the cockpit. This is a relatively easy mod to do on a finished airframe.
We are trying to implement such a mod on our RV-7A. The stock T- handle does not play nicely with our modern glass panel. A Bowden cable was what we had also thought to use. Rather than reinvent the wheel, if someone has done this already - pictures of the actual installation would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
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We are trying to implement such a mod on our RV-7A. The stock T- handle does not play nicely with our modern glass panel. A Bowden cable was what we had also thought to use. Rather than reinvent the wheel, if someone has done this already - pictures of the actual installation would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
Something like this would work well:

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catego...s_thandle.html
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