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Old Oct 15, 2005, 11:19 PM
Lands in Trees
Charlotte, NC
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How secure does the canopy have to be?

I was just trying to make the canopy/"cockpit" of my EasyGlider stay on, since I had to remove the original, ingenious closing mechanism due to the placement of the battery. Some velcro in the right spot made it almost impossible to get the canopy off again (I deformed the EPP considerably trying to get it off). I also went through some intermediate configurations that barely held it in place, and only required very little force to remove it.

So I started wondering how much force the canopy has to withstand. I'm thinking mostly of the lift that is generated in that area, and perhaps the pressure from the air that's flowing in around the motor. I guess the weight of the canopy is not an issue, not even in inverted flight.

I'm not worried, since nothing will fall out even if the canopy should come off in flight, and it looks like I have found the right balance between securing the canopy and getting it off without too much effort. But I'm just wondering ...
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Old Oct 15, 2005, 11:27 PM
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On my GWS Formosa, the canopy fell off during flight, and i really didnt notice that much of a difference, its just looking for a canopy after a flight isnt much fun
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Old Oct 15, 2005, 11:29 PM
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For something that is relatively slow flying, I've used Scotch Tape to hold thin plastic canopies or cowls on my park flyers before. Never had one come off on it's own.
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Old Oct 15, 2005, 11:52 PM
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Maybe tape on the front edge and a Radio Shack (or other source) rare earth magnet pair on the back edge.
Works for me on slower flying planes.
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