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Old 12-21-2017, 07:25 AM
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.... it remains an unknown issue as to whether or not the canopy can even be jettisoned if desired....or with what impact on the occupants...
I cut the slots for the hinges to aid construction of the tip-up canopy for the 100 times the canopy frame needs to be removed. Before paint (300 hours later) I just fiberglassed over the slots with a thin layer that could probably be kicked out if the airplane flipped over on a forced landing. My canopy release handle is just that .... another way to egress with the airplane on its back... not intended for an airborne bailout.
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:04 AM
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...could probably be kicked out if the airplane flipped over on a forced landing. My canopy release handle is just that .... another way to egress with the airplane on its back... not intended for an airborne bailout.
When a tip-up is on its back, it sits on the canopy. Trying to kick out the hinges at that point may give you something to do, but it won't get you out of the airplane unless you can lift the entire airplane off the canopy. Unless you're floating in water and the cockpit is filled, the canopy won't open.
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Old 12-21-2017, 11:25 AM
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For all practical purposes....the canopy jettison feature is just to make it easier to remove the canopy for major (paint?) maintenance, and the slits are not needed for that operation. I've had the canopy off my RV-6 once since 1999.
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