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Canopies and Windshields

Installing a Canopy Window... Why and How...

7/1/1995 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, July 1995)

Beechcraft, Mooney, Piper and other producers of sophisticated personal-use aircraft do it on purpose . . . that is, they install a small vent window in the pilot’s side of the canopy (Beechcraft Bonanza folks call it a storm window).

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What You Should Know About Canopies

10/1/1992 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1992)

Once in a while a builder will express dissatisfaction with the type of canopy recommended for the particular airplane he is building. However, more often than not, if he is building from a kit, he will usually go ahead and use the canopy sent him.

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Windshield Trim Work

5/1/1992 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1992)

Not much of a subject, you say? Well, as the saying goes, there is more to it than meets the eye.

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Weatherstripping

11/1/1987 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, November 1987)

In the final drive to complete and fly your airplane for the first time, a few small details are often overlooked or b slighted. Weatherstripping is one such detail.

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A Few Sliding Canopy Details

3/1/1984 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, March 1984)

THE SLIDING CANOPY lineage dates back many decades to the old military fighters, trainers and to a few noteworthy civil aircraft. The most notable of these was the venerable Navion. It's sliding canopy was a clever installation that permitted the cockpit to be enclosed for comfort without restricting the pilot's vision and, at the same time, effecting a remarkable reduction in drag

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Canopy Options

2/1/1984 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, February 1984)

THE BASIC ESSENTIALS for fitting and installing canopies were detailed in three of my earlier articles appearing in SPORT AVIATION.

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Canopy Retention and Security

10/1/1978 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1978)

A SUDDEN LOUD in-flight noise is your first awareness of the failure of the canopy latching system. Following that initial startled reaction, you instantly learn that . . . the canopy latch failure is a temporary scary inconvenience, or . . . that it heralds the winds of doom.

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