We work diligently to ensure that the cover will fit your aircraft accurately. It is of the utmost importance that the correct technique is employed when fitting your cover, as this will effect the effectiveness of the cover and its life span.
These few simple notes and a little practice will help you to fit and remove your cover in the shortest possible time and to spot any potential problems before they become serious.
How to Fit your Cover – Single Engine Aircraft – High Wing.
1. Pile the cover on top of the engine cowling and locate the front of the cover – the engine cowl has the circular hole for the spinner and our label. Unroll enough of the cover to allow the cowling section to be fastened under the spinner. Attach the Velcro under the spinner but do not fasten the strap at this time.
2. Continue to unroll the cover until the separate roof and under wing panels are apparent. These two panels will be joined with Velcro at the trailing edge of the wing. Open this join.
3. The cover will have allowances for any aerials and probes fitted to the roof and windscreen of the aircraft – these must be located and fitted next. It is of the utmost importance that windscreen mounted OAT probes are not pulled as this may well damage the windscreen! a. Separate the ‘Velcro’ OAT patch and fit the square hole centrally over the OAT probe. b. Pass the cover over the roof, fitting the windscreen OAT probe (if fitted) as you go, and fit the cover around any roof mounted VHF type aerials and around the long wire ADF aerial (if fitted). The cover should remain in this position when correctly fitted! 3. Pass the under wing panel to the back of the aircraft until the trailing edge of the wing is reached. Fasten the Velcro and buckles that join the roof panel to the top rear edge of the side panel. The straps should be just tight enough to prevent the Velcro from tearing open, and should not pull a tuck into the fabric.
4. Fasten the rearmost strap under the aircraft, adjust the cover such that the centre seam runs straight down the centreline of the aircraft and the OAT probe is near to the centre of its cut out. Pull the cover back as far as it will go without pulling on the aerials or OAT probe and then fully tighten the back strap. 4. Fit and tighten the remaining under-aircraft straps.
5. Tighten the under-spinner strap. This strap can now be left in this position permanently.
6. The side panels are fitted with tensioning straps at the top and base. If required any residual slack in the side panels can be adjusted out by pulling a small pleat into the fabric at this point The cover should fit the aircraft smoothly, without any loose areas or wrinkles, or undue tightness in any area. A little coaxing of the cover and practice will develop a technique for getting it right first time – every time! The straps can be adjusted from both ends, so that a sensible length of strap can be left with which to tighten the strap at the buckle, without the end trailing on the ground. Strap ends should ALWAYS be folded neatly and tucked inside the hem of the cover so that they will not beat against the side of the aircraft in a breeze. Remove the cover from back to front in an approximate reversal of the above order, folding in such a way to facilitate easy replacement! Always return the cover to the storage bag supplied when not on the aircraft! This will prevent damage and contamination.