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Old 09-20-2023, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Blw2 View Post

I guess I'll need to swing by the Sling booth at Sun n Fun and compare their canopy design to Van's...just for better understanding.

I keep looping back to the canopies as being my only real dislike generally, for the Vans designs. Most of my time being in Cessna's I've come accustomed to windows (or doors) that can be opened...and the most fun I ever had flying I think, was in an aeronca champ...low and slow with the windows open.

I can't help but think I can't be the only one...and surely some ingenious builder out there has figured a way to redesign or retrofit a better canopy configuration....

ahh, no matter...I think the RV-15 might be the ticket for me!
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Old 09-20-2023, 04:02 PM
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Default Canopy design....

Originally Posted by Blw2 View Post
I keep looping back to the canopies as being my only real dislike generally, for the Vans designs.
OK: I protest! What can be better looking than this from a functional standpoint and looks..........besides an F-16, I mean..... PS: I also fly a J-3 Cub: the original "low and slow with the door open" airplane....and I mean REALLY open....
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Old 09-20-2023, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Blw2 View Post
I was flipping through something online earlier and saw a picture of a plane in flight with a slider canopy slid back... on real quick 1st glance I thought it was an RV-12 (because I have RV's on my mind I suppose )
...I didn't check but I think it might have been a sling LSA, but no mater....

so questions came to mind

1) can the RV models with sliders be flown with an open canopy?

2) What is the general consensus as to why the later models are not available with sliders (RV-12, RV-14, ...)?

2a) know of any examples of someone retrofitting a slider onto a -12 or a -14?
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Old 09-20-2023, 09:38 PM
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Default Itís definitely been done

The late Jon Thocker opened his canopy on his 8. I believe he installed a partial bulkhead just behind the rear seat bulkhead because he found the downward pressure on the aft end of the canopy actually pushed the top of the fuse down with the canopy open. He only opened if I remember correctly, about a foot and said it was nice at slower speeds.

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Old 09-21-2023, 07:45 AM
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There is a video on-line of a RV6 flying with the canopy open to drop a skydiver. My son has flow with his RV6 canopy open. I don't personally like the idea.
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