Design Improvements for the Zenith 601 HDS: Canopy Latches and Locks

Canopy Latches and Locks

A small pin pushes the latch hook inside and thus releases the canopy. On the left hand side, as shown, a small lock is used to block the unlatching mechanism.

The small pin is attached to the latch hook by an AN3 bolt. The retraction spring on the aft side of the latch is hooked into the cotter pin hole of the AN3 bolt.

Positive latching is assured by a locking mechanism where the pin with black handle is pushed in the latch hook. When the locking pin is engaged, the black handle covers up the red stripe. Thus, if the red stripe is seen, it warns that the locking pin is not engaged.