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Old 01-25-2020, 10:00 AM
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Default Tool to break the canopy

It is possible that a RV-12 could get into an upside down position as may take place in conducting a forced landing.
This would result in not being able get out of the aircraft because of not being able to open the canopy.

With this mind I would like know some recommendations on canopy breakers that could be used to get out of the aircraft. I think this should be standard equipment.
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:19 AM
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I carry a small hatchet behind the seat.

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Old 01-25-2020, 10:28 AM
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It is possible that a RV-12 could get into an upside down position as may take place in conducting a forced landing.
This would result in not being able get out of the aircraft because of not being able to open the canopy.

With this mind I would like know some recommendations on canopy breakers that could be used to get out of the aircraft. I think this should be standard equipment.
There are a few threads on this topic if you do a search. Here are a couple.

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...rchid=42606494
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:41 AM
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FWIW, I carry a pair of leather work gloves and a multi-tool (with sharp point, saw, and pliers) in my RV-12's glove box. I figure that I can more effectively deal with recalcitrant plexiglass shards if wearing gloves.
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Old 01-25-2020, 12:32 PM
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I bought a cheap small hammer and ground the head to a point and mounted it on the arm rest on the passenger side ...it is held in place by a clip you buy at any hardware store that is made to hold, say, a broom handle on the wall.
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Old 01-25-2020, 12:37 PM
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One of these would work, I think: 12-Volt MAX CXT Lithium-Ion 3-3/8 in. Cordless Circular Saw
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:21 PM
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Too funny . It?ll definitely work and you can also use it for your weekend wood projects.

Flyboy Accessories has a nice chisel tool. Got one in my -8
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:51 PM
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Default Canopy Buster Tool

Some friends and I did some tests on an RV-9A that was being parted out. We strapped two pilots into the cockpit of the airplane with the wings off and rolled it inverted. We tried different tools to break the plex. Short version... the hatchet was BY FAR the best tool for breaking the canopy. The aluminum wedge-shaped tool was the worst. BTW, we also learned it?s best to break the canopy BEFORE releasing the harness. You can get a much better swing while seated inverted than if you?re sitting on the inverted canopy.
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Old 01-25-2020, 04:20 PM
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I got one of these. Its lighter than the hatchet, and just slightly larger than some of the so-called "escape-tools" that are for sale. I figure its pretty easy to **** it (net nanny is so funny!) , even when you're upside down, hanging from the straps. One or to punches to get a good crack started, then its solid enough to use to bash your way out. ---------I've been told by a couple of folks that this is overkill. But, .....till proven otherwise, it makes me feel better.

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Old 01-25-2020, 05:47 PM
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