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Re: Best sun shade for DA40?

Post by blsewardjr » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:39 pm

PIREP on the JetShades

I purchased the cockpit only set at Sun N Fun. As part of the show "special" I received the dark tint middle shade (the pilot and co-pilot shades come only the regular "see through" tint. I received the set today and installed it per the manual . No issues, it fit fine (I received additional DA40/42 specific instructions by email from Jet Shade but the installation is fairly easy to figure out.) Visability through the shades was fine and the "line" created by the forward edge was not obtrusive. The "see through" tint seems similar to, but perhaps a little darker than, the tint on my rear passenger windows.

The temps on the ground were 88F, 73F at altitude. Subjectively, I would say that it felt cooler than before. When I was taxiing in with the cockpit open to the first position, it was downright comfortable. Where the big improvement was, however, was the glare. The cockpit now feels, for lack of a better term, "dark", i.e., similar to a regular cockpit. The sun was higher than the shades, but when the a/c was oriented with sun on the pilot's side I could see my Ipad much more easily. Also, except when I was headed into the sun, I was able to fly without sunglasses.

I'm not sold on the dark middle piece, however. Essentially, it extends (forward) the painted part of the canopy, i.e., you can't see through it. Therefore, when looking for traffic above you leaning forward is required. I'm going to fly with it some more and then decide whether I want to switch to the "see through" version.

Whether they are worth the admittedly large price is a subjective call. However, I'm going to keep them for a least a few more flights and probably permanently. (Sorry about the upside down pics. I've never been able to figure out how to correct that.)
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Re: Best sun shade for DA40?

Post by jb642DA » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:55 pm

The pics displayed "rightside up" when I "clicked" on them!
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Re: Best sun shade for DA40?

Post by waynemcc999 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:54 am

I'm not there, but from Bernie's photos the JetShades don't much look to be an elegant solution. I'll stay with my simple 8x10" static-cling sun shades...
https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/slap- ... large.html

Maybe I'm missing something... but then, I'm not in super hot/humid Florida.
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Re: Best sun shade for DA40?

Post by blsewardjr » Tue May 21, 2019 8:59 pm

A small update. As I indicated before I wasn't sold on the dark, non-transparent middle shade so I requested Jet Shade to send me the see through version. Tried it out today and liked it. I can still look up and see aircraft above me with it, without any noticeable difference in heat or glare from the dark version. I'm still getting used to having two different tints in the cockpit, sort of like getting used to bifocals. However, although it's pricey, I think it's worth it, at least to me. I'm especially glad for the ability to read my Ipad in sunlight, even with sunglasses on. BTW, the customer service is excellent. The owner of the company even called me to see if I was having any problems with the sucker mounts. It seems that for some they're not sticking but I haven't had any problems.
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