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Old 06-30-2014, 10:58 AM
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Default Open cockpit?

Is anyone doing an open cockpit RV3? I've seen a picture of a flying 3 in Hawaii I think. I'm day dreaming about my next project. I'm seeing an open cockpit and a Rotec radial....

Maybe a removable canopy aft section?
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:06 AM
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Default Too much wind

My typical slow cruise speed which is hardly much more than an idle, "2000" RPM's equals 121 MPH !!!! Have you ever drove a motorcycle down the road at 85 mph that is a lot of wind even with a windshield your head would get beat up by the buffeting of the air at 121 MPH.
I have seen a few open cockpits in slower aircraft but that is not for me.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:26 AM
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Is anyone doing an open cockpit RV3? I've seen a picture of a flying 3 in Hawaii I think. I'm day dreaming about my next project. I'm seeing an open cockpit and a Rotec radial....
Like this?


I would want the full canopy so that I can use the aircraft most of the year. Too much that the aircraft can do that would limit it without the full canopy.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:54 AM
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The radial will have either a lower thrust line and longer landing gear legs or the top forward fuselage shape will be changed.

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Old 06-30-2014, 12:26 PM
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My typical slow cruise speed which is hardly much more than an idle, "2000" RPM's equals 121 MPH !!!! Have you ever drove a motorcycle down the road at 85 mph that is a lot of wind even with a windshield your head would get beat up by the buffeting of the air at 121 MPH.
I have seen a few open cockpits in slower aircraft but that is not for me.
The Bucker, a relatively fast Biplane, cruises at 115 MPH. It is quite pleasant for an open cockpit aircraft. However, it does buffet you some and it is quite exhausting on long cross countries.
The Bucker also has hinged side panels that shield you all the way up to your shoulders, so only your head sticks out. Something to consider; removable or hinged side panels? (you can't get in the Bucker with them in the up position.)
Google Bucker Jungmann and look at the images for ideas..
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:24 PM
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Wow that open cockpit 3 is awesome .never saw one before
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:55 PM
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A lot depends on the windscreen. Shape, size etc.

My Skybolt cruises at 120 mph, calm as can be in the rear pit. VNE to 200 mph, could only tell by looking at the ASI, no noticeable difference.

I fly it down to 45° with no problem. Usually just wear my jeans and tennis shoes and medium jacket. If I fly longer than 45 minutes, I'll put on my flight suit as well.

Now if I stick my head out the side to look down...it gets breezy!
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:53 AM
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Google the N number of the open cockpit plane.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:13 AM
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The accident appears to have been caused by unrelated factors from whether or not the plane was being operated as an open-cockpit plane.

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Old 05-09-2022, 12:30 PM
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The accident appears to have been caused by unrelated factors from whether or not the plane was being operated as an open-cockpit plane.

Dave
Indeed.
https://data.ntsb.gov/carol-repgen/a...port/95386/pdf
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