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Old 10-05-2019, 06:50 AM
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Canopy EF Slick 580 ripped off in mid flight

Dear all,

The Canopy for my EF Slick 580 105.5'', red / blue / white scheme was ripped off in mid-flight, screws are still attached and very tight. Plane landed safely.

I don't have canister and therefore the opening under the firewall is kept closed, I made 4 small opening in the bottom by cutting the covering on already designed opening so as to dissipate any pressure build up during flight. I was doing a crankshaft when the canopy got ejected.

1- EF and Northwest RC don't have this item in stock, any idea on where I can find the canopy, I really need it.

2- Should I open more in the bottom? or close the existing one I already opened, I cannot put another canopy to loose it again. What am I doing wrong here?

Appreciate your help..

Thx
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:40 PM
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if the screws are attached how did it come off there are 4 screws.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:15 AM
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if the screws are attached how did it come off there are 4 screws.
As I have said, snatched means some parts remain attached by screws but the bulk of the canopy got broken and ejected during flight
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:20 AM
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Dear all,

The Canopy for my EF Slick 580 105.5'', red / blue / white scheme was ripped off in mid-flight, screws are still attached and very tight. Plane landed safely.

I don't have canister and therefore the opening under the firewall is kept closed, I made 4 small opening in the bottom by cutting the covering on already designed opening so as to dissipate any pressure build up during flight. I was doing a crankshaft when the canopy got ejected.

1- EF and Northwest RC don't have this item in stock, any idea on where I can find the canopy, I really need it.

2- Should I open more in the bottom? or close the existing one I already opened, I cannot put another canopy to loose it again. What am I doing wrong here?

Appreciate your help..

Thx
Did you retrieve the canopy?
If you did maybe you can piece it back together.
My problem is that I can not keep the canopy screws from backing out and falling in flight, recently I purchased a new canopy from EF and on the first flight two screws fell out and ripped the canopy off, the two remaining screws stayed on but it tore the tabs off. Was able to retrieve the canopy and glued it back together.
Very stressful every time I fly this airplane because of this and yes, I have tried everything. Bonded washers, nylon bolts, thread locker, longer bolts, etc.
If all of your screws are still on the air frame sounds like the wood tabs failed.
Good luck finding a new one.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:53 AM
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Fastest solution would be to purchase the canopy for the yellow/blue scheme or the Jase Dussia scheme. Scuff up the paint a little with fine sandpaper, mask off the clear portion of the canopy, and spray it with your rattle can color(s) of choice.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:50 AM
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re the canopy screws...I gave up on the thumbscrews and went with the anodized caps from EF. that use a 3mm screw. not a problem since using them.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:57 AM
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First sorry for the loss but that must have been an impressive crankshaft. I use a metal washer next to bolt head and a rubber washer under that next to canopy. The squeeze of the rubber washer holds tension never had any loose. Rubber washer from hardware store
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:19 AM
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First sorry for your loss on the equipment but that must have been a heck of an i.pressive crankshaft I use a flat metal washer against the head of the bolt with a rubber washer underneath it and the mashing squeezing of the rubber washer holds tension on it I've never had one come loose on either canopy or horizontal stab the rubber washers are sourced from your local hardware store
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:27 AM
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Did you retrieve the canopy?
If you did maybe you can piece it back together.
My problem is that I can not keep the canopy screws from backing out and falling in flight, recently I purchased a new canopy from EF and on the first flight two screws fell out and ripped the canopy off, the two remaining screws stayed on but it tore the tabs off. Was able to retrieve the canopy and glued it back together.
Very stressful every time I fly this airplane because of this and yes, I have tried everything. Bonded washers, nylon bolts, thread locker, longer bolts, etc.
If all of your screws are still on the air frame sounds like the wood tabs failed.
Good luck finding a new one.
Thx, I did retrieve the canopy but is heavily damaged. I have actually told half of the story, this is the second time I'm losing the cockpit in mid-flight. First time it was my mistake, I did not tighten well the screws. I recovered and repaired the cockpit and flew again. Last week, it got ripped off during a violent maneuver. All the repaired and heavily glued section, basically where the four tabs are located was not affected, this is why screws remain attached, wood bar after this section got broken. I'm using EF anodized washer sets but you have to tighten it very well
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:14 AM
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Fastest solution would be to purchase the canopy for the yellow/blue scheme or the Jase Dussia scheme. Scuff up the paint a little with fine sandpaper, mask off the clear portion of the canopy, and spray it with your rattle can color(s) of choice.
I may have to do it in case I don't get feedback by mid month. Thx for the advice
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:18 AM
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First sorry for your loss on the equipment but that must have been a heck of an i.pressive crankshaft I use a flat metal washer against the head of the bolt with a rubber washer underneath it and the mashing squeezing of the rubber washer holds tension on it I've never had one come loose on either canopy or horizontal stab the rubber washers are sourced from your local hardware store
Impressive and expensive too


On the stab I have no problem, using the provided screws is working well. For the canopy, I'm using EF Anodized washers and again it is holding well. the fact that the canopy was ripped and broken is worrying.. Well I should consider discontinuing some maneuvers I guess
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:50 PM
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Impressive and expensive too


On the stab I have no problem, using the provided screws is working well. For the canopy, I'm using EF Anodized washers and again it is holding well. the fact that the canopy was ripped and broken is worrying.. Well I should consider discontinuing some maneuvers I guess
Whatever type of canopy bolts that you use, make sure the have a rubber backing washer on them. This will prevent them from backing out and will stay tight.
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:54 PM
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You should not have to discontinue maneuvers plane is advertised as great for XA and 3D. I have never tossed a canopy off of any of may pau aircraft and I am not a smooth flyer
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:54 PM
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:28 PM
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mine wanted to do this too. I caught it before it did and added the glue that should have blah blah blah
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