FABRIC SHADES FOR HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT
Our standard shades usually ship within 2 days of order. We can make a Koger SunShade to fit nearly any aircraft, and/or canopy. If our regular shades won't fit your aircraft, we will work with you to make what you need. We have a custom option to order, just let us know what aircraft you need it for.
Koger SunShades were developed in 1996 by Ralph Koger, of Boone, Iowa. While flying his award-winning RV-6A, he had trouble seeing his digital instruments because of the sun reflecting in the cockpit. Having flown training aircraft in WW2 with built-in shades, an idea was born. In an effort to increase instrument visibility and reduce cockpit temperature, he started to experiment with new, lightweight retractable sun shades built to resemble those that he had used in WW2. The KOGER SUNSHADE was born, made especially for the home-built airplane market!!!
At age 93 Ralph retired and sold the business in 2016 to Jeff and Peg Lorimor. Jeff is a retired engineer from Iowa State University. Peg, a superb seamstress and quilter, retired from sewing RV seats for DJ Lauritson in Boone, Iowa, to help out with their newly acquired sunshade business. Jeff is himself a veteran pilot and home-builder with an RV-6 in his history and an
RV-12 in progress.
Summer of 2021, Jeff and Pegs niece Kathy and her husband John joined the Koger team. They have experience running their own small business and are thrilled to continue this family-run business. John has experience in radar maintenance on C-130s and is currently an avid paramotorist.
All Koger Sunshades are handcrafted by Jeff, Peg John and Kathy. Jeff and Peg work from their shop in Earlham, Iowa, off
I-80, just west of Des Moines. John and Kathy have a shop in the mountain town of Buena Vista, CO.
Although Koger Sunshades were originally designed for Vans RV-series aircraft, they have been adapted to fit many other aircraft models, including: LSAs, gliders, high-wing aircraft, gyrocopters, helicopters and even vintage military aircraft including a B-25. Koger Sunshades can be made to fit almost every type of aircraft – give us a call and try them out.
PHOTOS and VIDEOS
Installing the fabric and ribs onto channel.
This channel is attached to canopy with double stick tape.
Demonstration of Extended Wide shade inside the cockpit.
Koger Enterprises - Colorado
311 E. Pine Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Koger Enterprises - Iowa
18482 363rd Circle
Earlham, IA 50072