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windshield for powered parachute

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Bob Sundquist
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#1 Posted: 12/8/2010 09:14:29

Is anyone flying a powered parachute with a windshield?  Does it provide significant benefit in cold weather?



Herman Junkerman
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#2 Posted: 12/9/2010 20:29:33

Hi Bob,

 

I fly a Powrachute PC2000 and I sometimes fly with a windshield when it gets real cold. It does help keep the wind off and make a long flight much more enjoyable. Having said that there are some drawbacks. You lose much of your forward view due to frost or condensation and any scratches are magnified by the sun which can cause a real challenge if you are flying or landing into the sun.

All in all I tend to use it rather sparingly but as I said before, I do use it when it is real cold ( under 20 degrees).

 

Herman Junkerman

Chapter 216

Cross Keys NJ



Bob Sundquist
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#3 Posted: 12/13/2010 11:34:15

Thanks, I also fly a PC2000 which I have had for about a year.  I find if I dress up warm (insulated coveralls etc) I can fly in temperatures in the 30s and stay fairly comfortable.  I'm looking for ways to extend that, if you have found the windshield to be helpful I may try that.  Did you build your own or buy it?



Robert Wilmoth
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#4 Posted: 1/1/2011 02:14:13

I have been thinking about putting one on mine too and was wondering the same thing.  I saw one online that was curved and the guy said it worked great and even improved his speed by 2-3 mph. A friend of mine has one from an old Golf cart he is going to give me to try.

Let me know how it goes.

 



PPC'sr4me
Bob Sundquist
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#5 Posted: 1/1/2011 07:45:53

Where did you see the curved windshield?

The claim of improved speed is implausible.  Even if a windshield reduced drag, the speed of a powered parachute is determined by wing loading -- reduced drag would result in less power required but not increased speed.

The only windshield I've seen advertised is at http://www.powerchutes.com/shopping/funflight-01.htm



Dick Anderson
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#6 Posted: 1/2/2011 11:01:34

I mounted a Zzipper recumbent bicycle windshield on my Mitchell Wing B-10 that worked great for diverting the wind around me. It made flying in all weather conditions much more pleasant. They are curved- can't say they decrease drag- but mine definitely increased my fun flying time.



Dick Anderson