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Canopy Cap
by Franklin Fabrication


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Overview
The Canopy Cap is designed to be a light weight, compact, reflective shade cover for use when rigging and while waiting on the grid. The simple design allows easy access and your cockpit is always shaded and cool. When you are ready for take off, slip the cover off and stow it in the included storage bag in the glider while you fly.

Important Notes

  • The light weight design is not meant for extended use outdoors.
  • It is not a replacement for a heavyweight, all weather cover.
  • Do not use it while trailering as it won’t allow the canopy to be locked. 

Sun Shield Option
The Sun Shield option is a fabric panel that stretches across the rear of the open canopy. Its purpose is to prevent burns to the instrument panel caused by sunlight reflecting and magnifying off of the canopy. The cost of the option is: $20.00.  This option is available only for sailplanes with front-hinged canopies. Click on the images below to view larger versions.
 


Models are Available for these Sailplanes

  • Antares (Lange) (Sun Shield option available)
  • Apis, Silent
  • ASG 32, ASH 30 (note: two piece set is $175) (Sun Shield option available for $40 for the 2 canopies)
  • ASH 25 (note: two piece set is $175) (Sun Shield option available for $40 for the 2 canopies)
  • ASH 26, ASH 31(Sun Shield option available) (same pattern as Jonker JS-1)
  • ASH 30, ASG 32 (note: two piece set is $175) (Sun Shield option available for $40 for the 2 canopies)
  • ASK 21 (note: two piece set is $175) (Sun Shield option available for $40 for the 2 canopies)
  • ASW 15
  • ASW 19, 20, Pegase (Sun Shield option available)
  • ASW-22 (Sun Shield option available)
  • ASW 24, 27, 28, ASG 29 (Sun Shield option available)
  • Concordia (Sun Shield option available)
  • DG 101, 202, 300, 400, 600, 800 (Sun Shield option available)
  • DG500, DG505, DG1000, DG1001 (Order version for 2-seat glider with 2 canopies)
  • Diana, Diana 2
  • Genesis 2
  • Grob G102 Astic CS
  • HPH 304C, 304CZ, Mosquito 303, Hornet C (Sun Shield option available)
  • HPH 304S Shark (Sun Shield option available)
  • Jonker JS-1 Revelation (Sun Shield option available) (same pattern as ASH 26/31)
  • LAK-17, LAK-19 (Sun Shield option available)
  • Libelle H-201, H-301
  • LS1-f, LS3, LS4, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS10 (Sun Shield option available)
  • PIK-20
  • Pilatus B4
  • PW-5 Smyk (Sun Shield option available)
  • Schempp-Hirth A - including: Discus A, Discus 2A, Ventus A, Ventus 2A, Ventus 3A
  • Schempp-Hirth B - including: Discus B, Discus C, Discus 2, Ventus B, Ventus 2B, Ventus 2C, Nimbus 2, Nimbus 3, MiniNimbus, PIK 20, Standard Cirrus
  • Schempp-Hirth DuoDiscus, DuoDiscus X, Jancus C, Nimbus 3D, Nimbus 4D (Order version for 2-place gliders with 1 large canopy)
  • Schempp-Hirth DuoDiscus XL, Arcus, Nimbus 4DL (Order version for 2-place gliders with 1 large canopy)
  • Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4, Quintus (single-place - front hinged)
  • Stemme S10 (special version, Sun Shield is standard)
  • SZD 55  (Sun Shield option available)
  • SZD-48-3, SZD-59 Acro

Excellent YouTube Videos of the Canopy Cap by Body Willat from http://www.easycanopycovers.com/

 

Review of the Canopy Cap by Greg Arnold
from Southern California Soaring, April/May/June 2008 Edition

You probably have seen it – a glider on the ground with a silver canopy that, on closer inspection, actually is a canopy covered with a formfitting silver “canopy cap.” This new soaring item is produced by Cheryl Franklin of Franklin Fabrication. Cheryl is the wife of Region 12 pilot Dan Fitzgerald.

Called the Platinum Canopy Cap, the product is not intended to replace the traditional canopy cover. The Cap does not protect from rain or dust, and the canopy cannot be latched when it is installed. Instead, the purpose of the Cap is to keep the sun out of the cockpit before and after flying. The traditional canopy cover will do that, of course, but it is relatively hard to install, and once installed the canopy cannot be opened unless the cover is removed.

By contrast, the Cap is easy to install. It is elasticized on the perimeter like a shower cap, so you just put it around one end of the canopy, and then stretch it and put it around the other end. More important, once it is installed, the canopy can be easily opened and closed without removing the cover. This is important while waiting to launch, since you will want to get into the cockpit at times, but it is inconvenient to have to remove and reinstall the cover each time.

Originally, the cap was not available for side opening canopies, as such canopies have interference from the hinges. A modified design fixed that. The cover for side-opening canopies has two elastic straps, one permanently mounted, and the other with one loose end with a plastic snap. Due to the design, the side-mounted cover takes a few seconds longer to mount than the front-hinged cover. However, like the front-hinged cover, once it is mounted it can be left on the canopy while it is opened and closed.

My glider has a side-hinged canopy. While the Cap may be marginally more difficult to mount than on a front-hinged canopy, the additional inconvenience really is not noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is that the Cap is much easier to install than the traditional canopy cover. No need to try to get a number of straps to end up in the right place under the fuselage and behind the wings. And, of course, the canopy can be easily opened and closed.

The cap comes complete with a small bag, and in the bag the Cap takes up much less room than a conventional cover. Just take off the Cap, stuff it in the bag, and throw the bag behind your head.

The original concept for the Cap came from Bill Liscomb, who wanted a "shower cap" type cover made from a bed sheet.  After Cheryl made him one, the word spread, and the Canopy Cap was born.

Next, the shift was made to the current material. It is a reflective four-way-stretch material with a laminated coating. Dan reports that it has fair abrasion resistance and will not fray if cut. The silver coating will lose some of it's brightness with use, but none of its function. Dan says that a user can expect at least two seasons of frequent use while waiting on the grid in our Southwest desert conditions. The cover can be hand washed using a mild detergent such as Woolite. Hang it indoors to dry. Do not iron.

The final development of the cover occurred when Pat Russette came up with the idea of the Sun Shield. This is a flap at the back of the cover that prevents the low sun in the winter from bouncing off the inside of the canopy and reflecting downward to burn the glare shield (see photos).


Note: I have had a customer mention that I should clarify that since the Canopy Cap wraps around the edges of the glider canopy, it is not possible to latch the canopy closed while the Canopy Cap is in place.  The customer was concerned that his Nimbus 3 canopy would blow open. However, I have sold literally hundreds of Canopy Caps for use on gliders with side-hinged canopies and I have not had any complaints of issues with the canopy blowing open.  Due to the weight of the canopy I think it is unlikely to be a problem.


How to Use Your Canopy Cap
Click on the images below to view larger versions.
Version for Front-Hinged Canopies
Find the care label near the center seam. This is the front of the canopy cover.

Place the rear of the cover over the back of your raised canopy and hook the elastic around both rear corners.

Pull the cover forward and hook the elastic around the front of the canopy and at both front corners.

Straighten the center seam to align down the middle of the canopy and adjust any wrinkles along the sides until smooth.

You can now raise and lower your canopy at will during set up and while on the grid. There are no inconvenient straps to get in the way! 

The Sun Shield option (not shown) will prevent damage to your instrument panel caused by the sun’s rays magnifying off of the inside of your raised canopy.

 
Version for Side-Hinged Canopies
Find the care label near the center seams. This is the front of the canopy cover.

Stand on the left side of the glider with the canopy open.

Hook the elastic over the front corners of the canopy with the strap underneath the canopy frame.

Pull the cover toward the rear, then hook the elastic over the rear corners of the canopy.

Connect the strap to the buckle.

Straighten the center seams to align down the center of the canopy and adjust any wrinkles along the sides until smooth.

You can now raise and lower your canopy at will during set up and while on the grid. There are no inconvenient straps to get in the way! 


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CanopyCap-1-Canopy

Canopy Cap - Single Seat Glider with 1 Canopy
Enter the sailplane type at check-out.  Be sure to check availability for your sailplane using the table above before ordering. 

Sale - FREE Shipping - June 1st through July 4th
Franklin Fabrication is offering free shipping to customers in the USA for all orders from now through July 4th. Select "Free shipping" during checkout. If you forget to do that, no problem, I'll delete the shipping from the order before charging your credit card.

You can also add the optional Sun Shield using the separate "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page.  Note that it is not on option for use on sailplanes with side-hinged canopies, and it is not yet available for all sailplane types.  Please check the table above before ordering to verify that it is available for your sailplane.

Note: Canopy Cap items sometimes ship directly to you from the manufacturer.  If you order other items, they will ship separately from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
 

$109 5 Days

 

CanopyCap-1-Lg-Canopy

Canopy Cap - Two-Seat Glider with 1 Large Canopy
Enter the sailplane type at check-out.  Be sure to check availability for your sailplane using the table above before ordering. 

Sale - FREE Shipping - June 1st through July 4th
Franklin Fabrication is offering free shipping to customers in the USA for all orders from now through July 4th. Select "Free shipping" during checkout. If you forget to do that, no problem, I'll delete the shipping from the order before charging your credit card.

You can also add the optional Sun Shield using the separate "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page.  Note that it is not on option for use on sailplanes with side-hinged canopies, and it is not yet available for all sailplane types.  Please check the table above before ordering to verify that it is available for your sailplane.

Note: Canopy Cap items sometimes ship directly to you from the manufacturer.  If you order other items, they will ship separately from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
 

$159 5 Days

 

CanopyCap-2-Canopies

Canopy Cap - Two-Seat Glider with 2 Canopies
Enter the sailplane type at check-out.  Be sure to check availability for your sailplane using the table above before ordering. 

Sale - FREE Shipping - June 1st through July 4th
Franklin Fabrication is offering free shipping to customers in the USA for all orders from now through July 4th. Select "Free shipping" during checkout. If you forget to do that, no problem, I'll delete the shipping from the order before charging your credit card.

You can also add the optional Sun Shield using the separate "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page.  Note that it is not on option for use on sailplanes with side-hinged canopies, and it is not yet available for all sailplane types.  Please check the table above before ordering to verify that it is available for your sailplane.

Note: Canopy Cap items sometimes ship directly to you from the manufacturer.  If you order other items, they will ship separately from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.



$175 5 Days

 

CanopyCap-Stemme-S10

Canopy Cap - Stemme S10
This is a special version for the Stemme S10. It is more expensive because it requires more fabric, includes a hold-down strap, and includes the Sun Shield as standard.

Sale - FREE Shipping - June 1st through July 4th
Franklin Fabrication is offering free shipping to customers in the USA for all orders from now through July 4th. Select "Free shipping" during checkout. If you forget to do that, no problem, I'll delete the shipping from the order before charging your credit card.

Note: Canopy Cap items sometimes ship directly to you from the manufacturer.  If you order other items, they will ship separately from Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
 

$225 5 Days

 

CanopyCap-SunShield-1-Canopy Canopy Cap SunShield Option - Single Seat Glider with 1 Canopy
The Sun Shield option is a fabric panel that stretches across the rear of the open canopy. It's purpose is to prevent burns to the instrument panel caused by sunlight reflecting and magnifying off of the canopy. The cost of the option is: $20.00. 

The SunShield it is not on option for use on sailplanes with side-hinged canopies, and it is not yet available for all sailplane types.  Please check the table above before ordering to verify that it is available for your sailplane.

$20 5 Days

 

CanopyCap-SunShield-2-Canopies Canopy Cap SunShield Option - Two-Seat Glider with 2 Canopies
The Sun Shield option is a fabric panel that stretches across the rear of the open canopy. It's purpose is to prevent burns to the instrument panel caused by sunlight reflecting and magnifying off of the canopy. The cost of the option is: $40.00. 

The SunShield it is not on option for use on sailplanes with side-hinged canopies, and it is not yet available for all sailplane types.  Please check the table above before ordering to verify that it is available for your sailplane.

$40 5 Days

 

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

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Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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