"All top competition sailplane pilots I know spend the maximum amount
of time possible with their heads up looking out the canopy rather than
the instrument panel. Information gained from observing other sailplanes,
birds, cloud formations, wisp, etc., not to mention power lines on off
field landings can make you not only go fast but also possibly save
your life. Because of this a distortion-free, clean canopy is of utmost importance
in both sailplane competition and sport flying. To maintain a clean
canopy on the ground as well as protect it while
trailering is valuable.I have
relied on Ridge Sewing's custom fit canopy covers for years. The workmanship
is outstanding and the fit perfect for all sailplane models I have owned.
The cover I like best is the lightweight cotton cover because it not only
provides protection but can also be washed and kept dust-free
for insuring that no scratches work into the canopy while trailering. Since
I don't normally leave the sailplane outdoors in weather, the lightweight
cover works just fine for me. Ridge Sewing has also on occasion
provided me with custom repair service. In my book Ridge Sewing is "top shelf" and
we as sailplane pilots are lucky that Iris Striedieck provides this service
at a fair price."
Dick Butler, “DB”
"This is the best canopy cover I've ever had. The fit is perfect and the craftsmanship is excellent. I also love the custom embroidery job. Thank you!"
Chris Ungermann, "D", Delaware
Greetings from Germany ~
"The canopy cover I received from you
was during the WGC 1999 at Bayreuth, Germany. It is in use since then and protects
the canopy well from dust, because of its relatively thick cotton weave
together with its custom fit. Tilly, my wife and crew, washed it several
times at 60 centigrade and put it into the dryer. No shrinkage, no change
of fit, no discoloration.
When the cover was mislaid somewhere at the airfield it was always returned
because you stitched my competition number "VW" onto
it. Many thanks!"
Gerhard Waibel, "VW", Germany
Retired head engineer with Schleicher