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Old 07-04-2016, 10:51 AM
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Default RV-12 Canopy Incident

I don't see this posted here.

07TS Georgetown TX 7/3/2106

Video https://youtu.be/IliX5VGOV_Q




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Old 07-04-2016, 10:59 AM
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ouch. that makes for a long day.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:04 AM
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How does it go forward as power is added?
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:10 AM
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Default gas filled struts

Did the canopy pull the struts out ?.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:15 AM
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Looking at the trees I would say that wind was 98% of cause.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:16 AM
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That is indeed discouraging.

My vote is for the canopy being caught by a wind gust....look at the trees.

Edit; Oops....Bruce beat me to it.....
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:25 AM
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O NO! did anyone get hurt, that could have been real bad! So sorry for this person, so much work goes into these things. is this considered a required prop strike teardown or does this not apply to Rotax?
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:31 AM
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O NO! did anyone get hurt, that could have been real bad!
It broke the passengers headset. No talk of blood.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:46 AM
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This is not a first... I'm personally aware of three such prop strike incidents. I too have had my own similar experience but missed a prop strike by just inches. Aftermarket metal rod ends for the -12 lift struts certainly help with the all to often cracked lower ones, but nothing is a match for the force here. Some have developed their own solutions but given the frequency, expense, and safety hazard with this event, I'm hoping that Van's, Anti-Splat, Aircraft Extras, or other party will develop a clean engineered solution. It can and will happen to you and your beautiful RV-12 if you don't pay close attention to wind direction and gusts when the canopy is left partially open (moving or not) with the latch resting on top of the roll bar. Yes, I was one of those who thought it would never happen to me; but it did... and while I survived without a prop strike, both lift struts broke loose from their lower mount and the canopy swung open to within inches of the turning prop (back taxi event). This event happens so fast it's over in the blink of an eye.

This video should be required viewing for all RV-12 owners.

[ed. This aircraft looks familiar... N457JJ purchased out of Florida?]
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:49 PM
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I had three sets of the plastic rod ends fail on my RV12 SLSA. They are junk. Van's knows about this and Van's should issue an SB and parts to correct the problem.

I know of one other SLSA that had the same experience in a moderate wind. In may case the rod ends broke simply from letting the canopy slip out of my hands after opening it about 2/3 of the way.

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