INTRO I first introduced this canopy modification at the Oshkosh show in 2000. This
was the first time I flew into Oshkosh, and also the first time I flew my RV-6A
in as well. It was the first time I had anything to show off. I had a blast talking
to all of you enthusiastic builders! Everyone seemed to be really interested in
this modification. Enough of you builders had asked me if I was going to get some parts together
to offer a kit for
this modification, . . . so I did.
BENEFITS The Meske “TIP-UP / SLIDER” modification is great if you want to carry a fold-up
bicycle, heavy, or awkward to load baggage. You don't even have to risk
scratching your canopy or dropping your heavy loads on your wing. You
can even retrofit this to an already flying RVs. RV builders can also utilize
this kit and adapt it to work for the RV7 and RV9 as well . . . Just some easy
re-dimensioning will be needed.
QUESTIONS ?? Can this kit be used for the RV-7 & RV-9?
YES, with very little modification
Can I retrofit this modification to an already flying RV?
YES, very easily
Can you use this modification on a tail dragger as well as a tricycle gear plane?
How does it work?
Simply slide the canopy rearward until it hits the canopy stop latch. Then open
the latch allowing the canopy to slide off of the modified canopy
"T" rail. Move the canopy
forward to the pivot slots located 1 foot rear of the roll bar. Now, tip
up the canopy. Secure it with the strut.