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Cabin Heat Question

Sat Apr 20, 2002 8:53 pm

Which type(s) of aircraft have the worst cabin heating? Where there any instances where it was downright uncomfortable in the cabin or the cockpit?
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RE: Cabin Heat Question

Sat Apr 20, 2002 10:50 pm

Try flying the Chipmunk. Cabin heating? That's for wusses!  Big grin
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RE: Cabin Heat Question

Sun Apr 21, 2002 11:36 am

Most single engine GA aircraft's heat source is the engine's exhaust. The exhaust heats the muffler, and ram air is directed in between a shroud and the muffler. There have been cases where the muffler developed a leak, causing carbon monoxide fumes to enter the cabin. An airworthiness directive has been issued for most of the "problem mufflers," requiring them to be inspected after a set amount of hours or during annual inspections.
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RE: Cabin Heat Question

Sun Apr 21, 2002 12:27 pm

Worst I've ever flown was the Citabria. Its fine in the front seat when cold outside. But the only warm air outlet is right under the panel. The plane is so drafty though, that while the front seater will be toasty warm, the guy in the back will be, quite literally, still frozen.

I can imagine though that pales in comparison to, say a Waco or Stearman open cockpit biplane. Or an ultralight.
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RE: Cabin Heat Question

Sun Apr 21, 2002 1:27 pm

Anything with a Janitrol heater...the "Explosion in a Can"

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