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Old 03-02-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Eflite t-34 mentor canopy fly off during flight

I have been flying my mentor for a while and never had this canopy situation until yesterday my canopy flew right off while doing a vertical pull. I see other people have this issue with the magnets not centered correctly from factory. Now i am stuck with a cracked canopy and have a new one placed on backorder. Does anyone know of anyone else that this happened to and what can be done to prevent this with my new canopy? (without using tape)

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Yup, happened to me. Flew off pulling out of a dive and smashed against the vertical stabalizer (rudder). luckly the rudder was not damaged to badly during this and I was able to land safely. I epoxied what I could back together and fly with a crap canopy.

I'm also missing the tail cone... and the horizontal stabalizer was smashed when a gym bag was dropped on it. and the rudder was snapped in half when i accidentally kicked it.... all repaired with no new parts. (just some covering) She's starting to show her battle damage.

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WOW. my canopy hit the horizontal stab and dented in the wood a bit nothing too bad. Im just happy i was able to recover my canopy and (2) $46 pilots i had in there because i was flying over some warehouses and the canopy came flopping down it missed landing on the roof of the warehouse by ike 5 feet. I WOULD have been very pissed if i would have lost it up there and at least i can still fly in the meantime and i still have my (2) pilots

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Lightbulb Canopy Ejection

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I have been flying my mentor for a while and never had this canopy situation until yesterday my canopy flew right off while doing a vertical pull. I see other people have this issue with the magnets not centered correctly from factory. Now i am stuck with a cracked canopy and have a new one placed on backorder. Does anyone know of anyone else that this happened to and what can be done to prevent this with my new canopy? (without using tape)
I added another rare earth magnet/s and a small piece of flat stainless from an old aircraft, canopy ejection during flight was elemanated,.....

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Thanks for the idea doesn't sound too bad to try that

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They ALL fly off once you leave a docile flight path, Flysohigh.

After mine bailed out on me for the third time, I epoxied in four rare earth magnets. I did them in pairs, two in the little circles on the rear "package shelf" and two under the rear horizontal shelf in the fuselage.

Problem solved.

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i had the rare earth magnets too but never glued them in just had them taped in. I always checked them before flight to make sure the tape is not coming off but i guess after 69 flights of strong flying it finally gave up in the air.

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I'd just not trust magnets. a good old fashioned spring canopy latch wont let you down, ever:
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installing these might be a problem due to the little wood provided in the fuselage, b ut they seem to be a very good idea

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