38-11 Faulty Aft Canopy Rail Angles!

After working on the C-01409-L & -R Aft Canopy Rail Angles for some time I realised there was a bad problem brewing!


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These components are cut from a pressed sheet forming flanges.

I hadn’t initially noticed, but as I fluted the flanges to flatten the parts, for some reason one side needed less fluting than the other??

On inspection I saw that one flange was narrower than the other.

So I guess that the part had slipped as it was pressed out.


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Well it turns out this is not good!

Because of this it means that the holes in the webs are now a different distance to the flange.

This means that when clecoed to the C-01427 Aft Canopy Rails the flanges stick out …


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… a different amount.

This means you will struggle to get the canopy edge profile to match the fuselage sides : (

A search on the VAF forum revealed that others have had the same problem.


Van’s were very good and are sending a new part.

A mate here in the UK kindly offered to send me his C-01409 Canopy Rail so I can get on with the job … not sure how long the new part will take to get here from the US in the current climate! He is building a RV14A, and it’ll be a while before he is building the canopy.

Anyway, much appreciated, since it meant within 2 days I had 2 Aft Canopy Rail Angles with correct flanges clecoed in place … Thanks Mike! : )

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1 Comment on "38-11 Faulty Aft Canopy Rail Angles!"

  1. Happy to help Steve. Some payback for all the great tips on your blog

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