Safety – Canopy Breaker Tool

We decided it was probably sensible to have a means of escaping from the cockpit, should the unthinkable happen and we find ourselves upside down in a field.


Finding a suitable tool?

Canopy Breaker

The readily available windscreen hammers are designed to shatter car glass, and are undoubtedly too lightweight to make much of a dent in an RV14 canopy.

Flyboy Accessories in the US sell a nice tool, which they call the Chisel Style Canopy Breaker. This describes it admirably, and was apparently designed by a former military F-100 and F-4 pilot. This one-piece milled aluminum tool, which weighs about 14oz (397g), has a short chisel blade and a heavy cylindrical handle.

Now we’re talking!


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My hand in this picture gives some idea of the tool’s size.


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An optional mounting kit includes two plastic clips to mount in the cockpit, and a safety lanyard to keep the tool from coming loose and flying around the cockpit during a crash. The lanyard includes a pull pin and 6″ of steel cable with a tab on one end.

I was concerned that the clips wouldn’t be up to the job, but they are made of a heavy duty material and anchor the tool very securely.


Installation

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I decided to mount it on the F-01445A Flap Motor Cover Front, being readily accessible between the seats, but out of the way.


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Since the attachment bolts extend into the flap cover, you need to ensure there will be no interference with the flap motor mechanism.

It wasn’t too difficult to find a vertical position which gave ample clearance.


I used a convenient screw on the F-01445B-R Flap Motor Cover Side to secure the safety lanyard to the cockpit structure.

All in all a well designed tool … which will hopefully live forever in its attachment clips!

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1 Comment on "Safety – Canopy Breaker Tool"

  1. Love this..!
    I’ve been looking around for an option to the red hammer type unit; which I agree would unlikely pack a punch. Thank you for the post.

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