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Old 06-08-2021, 07:24 AM
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Hello all.

I'm working with Airplane Plastics, manufacturer of RV canopies, to produce the wingtip lenses for an older style lens kit that is not longer available. The kit, once very popular, was produced by Airtech and available in older Vans catalogs. The kit is pictured below from a page in the 2013-2014 Vans catalog.

There have been numerous threads (and confusion) regarding these lenses. Here is one of the more recent threads:

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...d.php?t=156701

NOTE: These are for the older style W-415 Hoerner wingtips.

Flyboys made some lenses but they are not for this wingtip or lens kit. Please reference their page below. Mine are like the one pictured on the bottom right.

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/7221.htm


So how much would you be willing the pay? I know I don't want to have to address this issue with a wingtip makeover. I know that hazy and clouded lenses can be restored. But what do you do if an old incandescent nav light melted the lens or a vehicle has bumped into to your airplane and shattered the lens? Fortunately, I had spares, but I am now out of spares. I just installed new LED nav/strobe lights and I would love to install shiny new lenses.

I'm trying to help Airplane Plastics assess the need, how many to produce, and the cost. I should add that... How much would you be willing to pay for the PAIR? They used to be available in the Vans catalog for $45 each. Flyboys had a pair of lenses available for a different wingtip for $249.

PLEASE let me know if you have any information concerning the Airtech Lens kit and the whereabouts of the builder and the tooling used to produce these kits!

Thank you!

Jerry
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:39 AM
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I was trying to make this a poll, but can't figure out how.
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:44 AM
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After clicking "New Thread", select post a poll in additional options at the bottom of the window.
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:46 AM
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OK Scott. Thanks. Since I got you on the line.... Do you know what happened to these lens kits?
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:50 AM
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I should add that... How much would you be willing to pay for the PAIR? They used to be available in the Vans catalog for $45 each. Flyboys had a pair of lenses available for a different wingtip for $249.
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Old 06-08-2021, 08:10 AM
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OK Scott. Thanks. Since I got you on the line.... Do you know what happened to these lens kits?
I don't know much about them but I believe they were developed & produced by a third party which at some point stopped producing them.
That is why Vans has had no way to support them with replacement lenses, etc.
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I have a need for a pair of lenses, if only to put them on the shelf for when they are *really* needed. The cost matters, but unless the price is ridiculous, Iím in.
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Old 06-08-2021, 08:37 AM
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bought one of those kits, long time gone, for the -4. All included, with wiring & connectors, remember shelling out $900 for those...
Sold the -4, including the lenses
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bought one of those kits, long time gone, for the -4. All included, with wiring & connectors, remember shelling out $900 for those...
Sold the -4, including the lenses
Hello Dan,

Maybe that was some other kit. This particular Airtech kit included the fiberglass insert and lens only for each wing as pictured above.
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I have those older wing tips and my lens aren't in the best shape, so I would be interested if the price reasonable.
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