Molded Highlander windshields

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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:06 am

Well, I guess the 3rd is a charm :D The windshields from the third mold fit perfect on both the rotax and jabiru boot cowls. I install one on Gary Weaver's jabiru cowl and when we pushed the windshield up to the cowl prior to drilling, it fit the curve of the windshield fairing perfectly all the way around. Now I can concentrate on how to pack and box them. I purchcased 48" a box and pan brake from Summit Racing (wish I would have done that two airplanes ago) and it works great for building the sunroof bracket I'm sending with the windshields. The other tool that is invaluble, especially for cutting plexiglass, is a multi-tool with the vibration cutting head. You'll never need to worry about cracking the windshield. I have 7 windshields made up and ready to go as soon a I have the boxes for them.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby highlander nz » Sat May 12, 2012 7:15 pm

Hi Steve,
Any chance of doing the screens in tint? I have the tinted lexan on my machine and like the look with the black but like every one else are finding the lexan no quite as durable as I would like.

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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Sat May 12, 2012 8:41 pm

Did you get shipping figured out yet?
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:08 pm

John,
We put a tinted windshield in Gary Weavers Highlander and he likes it, is that something pilots would be interested in? I'd like to hear from other pilots.

Danerazz,
Haven't figured out the shipping yet, that's on my to do list for next week.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Sat May 12, 2012 11:36 pm

As much as I hate the idea of spending yet another few hundred bucks on this project, I think the windshield is a good addition.

As for tinting, I would probably go for a light tint, but I haven't really thought about it.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby gkremers » Sun May 13, 2012 7:02 am

Steve,
If you had an option for light tint that would be my first choice.

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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby Trilander Ted » Sun May 13, 2012 10:08 am

Steve: I too, would like a lite tint (smoke), if iI could be had without to much delay. TrilanderTed
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sun May 13, 2012 12:13 pm

Prior to the down turn in the ecomony, the plastic distributors were able to order small quantities of most any color, not anymore. I was able to find a medium transparent gray for Gary's Highlander and it was a partial sheet and it was the only one they had. There is one tint lighter then Gary's but according to the distributors it almost impossible to find and now even the lighter medium tint are scarce. You can see what that color looks like in the pictures above. The problem I had with the medium tint is that it gets too dark at dusk for me, but during the day it's absolutely no issue. I will have the my distributor look around and see if they can find anything in the light tint, but it was not very incouraging in previous conversations with them.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Sun May 13, 2012 2:45 pm

FAA spec for windshields is no less than 70% light transmission. Not sure what tint allows that much, but it is the dusk/night that would be my concern. Maybe I'll just go clear then really dark on top/back.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sun May 13, 2012 4:56 pm

Based on the following plexiglass chart of colors, only clear would fit that spec. which also considers night flying. I think the color I put in this weekend was a 2064 Gray.
Color_______Solar Energy___Visible Light
Colorless_____85%__________92%
Gray 2064____36%__________27%
Gray 2074____24%__________12%
Bronze 2404__56%__________49%
Bronze 2412__35%__________27%
Bronze 2370__20%__________10%
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Sun May 13, 2012 6:32 pm

Wow, those are darker than I thought. I'll probably plan on clear, then a good set of removable static stick shades and a hat. Then really dark above and behind the cockpit.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Sun May 13, 2012 6:38 pm

Oh, just so we are clear it is FAR 23.775 that deals with tinting, and DOES NOT apply to experimental aircraft. You can tint as dark as you like (gangsta style), but I think it is a good guideline.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Sun May 13, 2012 7:30 pm

danerazz wrote:Wow, those are darker than I thought. I'll probably plan on clear, then a good set of removable static stick shades and a hat. Then really dark above and behind the cockpit.


Mounted just forward of the aft cabin header, we put in a rolling, retractable window shade which is very handy when the sun is persistantly just wrong, leaving the clear plexiglass for best visibility the rest of the time which is almost always in this NW climate.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby Trilander Ted » Sun May 13, 2012 11:59 pm

I too, have a rolling shade under my lite smoke skylight (it'very desirable with triple diget summer temps in S/W Arizona), and since I am lite sport now, I don't fly at night. I can't find .060" smoked Lexan in half sheets now, and a full sheet is almost $500 in L/A Ca. at Sabic polymers---Got any ideas, I would like to replace a skylight and window with the windscreen that will be coming. Trilander Ted
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Mon May 14, 2012 3:38 am

Ted, that price for lexan is nuts, I bought a full sheet of 1/8" tinted and shipped to me for around $180., here is a site for you:http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Transparent_Color_Polycarbonate_Sheet
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