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Plankdriver
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Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by Plankdriver » Mon Aug 28, 2023 3:34 am

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend any companies that can manufacture an aircraft canopy? I have the plans, specifications, frame and what's let left of the original canopy which might be useful for a mould.

Many thanks


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Re: Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by tnowak » Mon Aug 28, 2023 11:44 am

I think this question has been asked in the past and, from memory, I think the answer is "no" unfortunately.
There may be some homebuilder/individuals who have had limited success in making their own, but it is a complex procedure needing controlled heat and possibly, pressure applied.
I think there was an LAA magazine article about someone's attempts a few years ago. Perhaps LAA Engineering can advise.
There are a few companies in USA who may be able to manufacture bespoke canopies but likely $$$$ involved.
Try LP Aero and see what they suggest.
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Re: Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by Bill McCarthy » Sat Sep 02, 2023 7:38 am

The PFA article on blowing a canopy was for a Corby Starlet ( I think ) by the builder, and after a couple of attempts he made a perfectly good one.
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Re: Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by C Rule » Tue Sep 05, 2023 8:09 pm

It could be worth investigating the various organisations who repair gliders. They may be able to suggest solutions
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Re: Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by Plankdriver » Fri Sep 08, 2023 12:15 pm

Hi all,

Thank you for your replies. Since writing I have found a uk based company that can do aircraft canopies and they were incredibly helpful in my request. They are:- White Ellerton Tel: 0208 236 0444 Speak to Paul

This might be useful to other menbers in the future...

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Re: Aircraft canopy manufacturers

Post by TRAZZELL » Sat Sep 30, 2023 12:19 pm

I found White Ellerton near St Albans very helpful. They have just made me a lovely canopy for my Menestrel, following several years of effort trying to make my own.

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