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Old 03-02-2020, 11:11 AM
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Default Tinted Canopy

I am looking for those who have them or who have flown with the dark tinted canopy. I'm not talking the UV canopy.

From those who have them how are they flying at night?
Would you do it again if you could do over?

I have heard from lots that don't have them that I should not go this route.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:40 AM
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Glen,
When I built my Tailwind, I first used a clear lexan windshield and then needed to change it to a thicker plexi piece and thought as long as I am changing, I would go tinted. It is not a real dark tint but enough of a tint that I don't like to fly it at night. It is like driving at night with your sunglasses on. I would NOT do it again. I will probably be changing it back to clear.

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Old 03-02-2020, 12:50 PM
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The standard kit supplied canopy for all RV models is tinted to the max. amount allowed for night flight in certificated aircraft.
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:12 PM
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Our RV-3 has what most consider to be a fairly dark tinted canopy (from Todd’s), and I haven’t noticed any issues with it at night. Might just be me, but in night flying, the sky and ground are dark and all I see are things that are lighted anyway, and they show up fine.
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:28 PM
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A side data point: If you plan to fly formation as either a lead or wingman, well-tinted canopies make it difficult for other flight members to see your hand signals (if you're leading) and head nods (if you're a wingie).
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:21 PM
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On my 14 I ordered the "medium tint" option from Vans. Don't know if I could get it darker. No daytime sunburn or any issues at all; much cooler here in S. Louisiana (if that is possible). At night can't tell a difference.
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:23 PM
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On my 14 I ordered the "medium tint" option from Vans. Don't know if I could get it darker. No daytime sunburn or any issues at all; much cooler here in S. Louisiana (if that is possible). At night can't tell a difference.
Any chance you would have a picture and a part number?
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:42 PM
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No part number; I read about it here and just called them.
A pic won't show the tint too well. It is subtle
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Old 03-03-2020, 06:47 AM
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I plan to take my canopy down to the local car window tinting shop and have the darkest tint they have applied to the overhead where the Koger shade would normally be. My new to me already flying RV9A didn't have a Koger shade. If I end up not liking it I will just peel it off. I don't plan to do formation flying so what's the pros and cons of this?
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Old 03-03-2020, 08:35 AM
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I plan to take my canopy down to the local car window tinting shop and have the darkest tint they have applied to the overhead where the Koger shade would normally be. My new to me already flying RV9A didn't have a Koger shade. If I end up not liking it I will just peel it off. I don't plan to do formation flying so what's the pros and cons of this?
george
I bought some static-cling tint from Wal-Mart. For me, I just use cut squares placed where I need it. It may work well for your application as well. I worry about the adhesive tint damaging the canopy.
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