|Mar 8, 2013 - Dave Gardea, builder of
a 601/650 hybrid based in Shelbyville, met me at Hendricks Co. Airport. I was able to take some measurements
and photos of his canopy. |
|Mar 11, 2013 - Dave Gardea helping me make the
initial cuts on the front edge of my canopy. Very tedious work. Measure, remove, cut,
fit; measure, remove, cut, fit; measure, remove, cut, fit; over and over and over. |
|Mar 11, 2013 - Canopy starting to fit a little
|Apr 8, 2013 - Still working on canopy.
The front is fitting a little better each time, but the back won't settle down on the rear support hoops.
|May 15. 2013 - Gary Reynolds, friend and EAA Tech
Counselor, came over to help re-profile the rear support hoops to fit the profile of the canopy. Gary
is using a jig to slowly bend and straighten sections of the aluminum tubing. |
|May 15. 2013 - The canopy now sits down on the
hoop. Gary re-profiled a second hoop to match this one. Three hours of constant work.
Thanks, Gary !!! |
|May 15. 2013 - Rear of canopy requires cut off
to be flush with the baggage bulkhead indicated by the rear rivet line on the baggage floor. |
|May 16. 2013 - Drilling and cleco-ing the forward
top skin, which covers the instrument panel wring, cabling, etc. |
|May 16. 2013 - Trial fit of canopy with rubber
seal temporarily attached. |
|May 27, 2013 - Testing the rear top skin around
rear portion of the canopy. |
|May 27, 2013 - Massive amount of canopy needs
to be trimmed. |
|Canopy along side rails also needs trimmed.
|May 29, 2013 - Trimmed rear sides of canopy
to fit inside the fuselage. Canopy fitting better. This area will be covered with flashing
|May 29, 2013 - Next is to trim to the side rails.
|May 30, 2013 - Cut off rear portion of canopy
to match bulkhead. |
|May 31, 2013 - Installed nutplates on panel and
firewall for attaching the forward top skin. |
|May 31, 2013 - Forward top skin attached using
#8-32 truss head screws into the nut plates. This will permit future access to the panel wiring and
other components. |