Originally Posted by JonJay
Everybody has a right to their opinion. The fact of the matter is simple and remains the same. It is a personal preference. You can argue the pluses and minuses of slider vs tipper all day long. They both have their upsides and downsides.
Yep, like my Daddy used to say, "That's why they make chocolate AND vanilla ice cream". Everybody has their preferences and I'm not telling tipper owners they're wrong, just that the tipper is wrong for me. The more feedback we give builder/buyers the more informed decision they can make.
A couple of posters asked what specific issues I've had with the tipper. In chronological order:
1. The t-handle safety latch locked itself when the canopy was closed. I kid you not, the handle turned 90 degrees while closed to perfectly lock me out. When seating in the plane to get that latch to turn you must pull down and turn with a fair amount of force, but somehow it latched on its own. Thanks to input from folks on this site I was finally able to get it open a couple of weeks later without drilling the Plexiglas.
2. The fiberglass trim strip that covers the screws on the back of the canopy broke off a piece then started to split and eventually came off in flight. It hit the horizontal stabilizer and elevator leaving scratches. Glad that's all it did.
3. After a flight, I was on the wing, reached in to get my flight bag out of the back and was handing it to someone on the ground behind me when a gust of wind slammed the canopy down breaking off a 2" L x 3/4" W piece of Plexiglas. The plane is still flyable, but at some point I'll have to go to the big expense of replacing the canopy.
Folks say they like the ability to open the canopy and let it rest on the t-handle giving a 2" vent while on the ground. That's fine, but you better not forget that if you catch a strong gust from behind, that canopy is coming up fast and can do a lot of damage (there's a good video on this site of the canopy going into the prop). I've had this happen but fortunately caught it before it flew all the way open. If it's windy now, I just close and latch the canopy and deal with the heat.
Hope this helps!