The standard Zodiac HD canopy is mounted on a lightweight
frame and opens sideways (from any of the two sides).
There is a
hook system that allows for this. However, that system may be seen as
impractical for a couple of reasons. Both passengers cannot board
the plane simultaneously. It's required to open the canopy on one
side, board a passenger, close the canopy, open on the other side, board
the second passenger and then close the canopy. Another aspect I
considered is that if not perfectly made, the hook system may fail during
flight. I read a few accounts of pilot loosing their canopy in
flight... this may not be so much fun... I also believe that a
forward opening canopy would be much nice than a side opening one.
I decided to go for the Zodiac XL canopy installation.
I debated purchasing the canopy kit from ZAC for a while. I got
the information from Nick and Sebastian and found the part prices to be
acceptable, but I could not deal with the crating and shipping cost so easily.
Therefore, I decided to make this from plans like I did for the rest of