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Old 02-28-2018, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Ron RV8 View Post
I have pip pins on the front mounts of the canopy on the -8. I have already made the decision that if I have to ditch, the canopy goes before hitting the water. ... Yes it might damage the vertical stabilizer...
If jettisoned in-flight, it may significantly damage the VStab or the HStab, and may result in loss of control.

Originally Posted by Ron RV8 View Post
Yes it would be a slap in the head.
In the video linked below, Sean Tucker talks about his bailout while practicing for Sun 'n Fun in 2006. He lost elevator control shortly after takeoff, but he could keep the airplane airborne using the elevator trim. But given the lack of stability of his aerobatic airplane, he didn't think he could land it with just the trim. At about 4:00 he says that even though he ducked forward before jettisoning the canopy, it him in the head when it departed. He says that if he didn't have a helmet on, he thinks he may have been disabled by it. He had dents in his helmet from the canopy. Obviously, with the RV-8, you also have to worry about the canopy hitting a rear seat passenger.

Sean Tucker Discusses His Bailout at Sun 'n Fun 2006

Tucker's rendition of his bailout is really worth listening to.
Carl N.
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