Mackenzie Aircraft Parts, Inc Types of Aircraft Heaters

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Mackenzie Aircraft Parts Inc Types of Aircraft Heaters Mackenzie Aircraft Parts Inc. Certified tips provider. Light aircraft environmental systems are generally abysmal somewhat simple and complicated at the same time. Air conditioners are usually only found in the high-end airplanes and while heating systems work well they come with a big caveat on usage. Sometimes they arent the most economical while traveling during seasonal weather. The heater in most single engine airplanes is nothing more than hot air directed back from the engine. This can be generally efficient since its not using primary gasoline taken away from the main gas tank on the airplane such as ones found on Cessna172s. This is accomplished with a shroud that surrounds the exhaust to collect the radiant heat. The shroud is connected to a tube that goes through the firewall. Depending on the airplane its then directed up to the windscreen and down toward the rudder pedals. Pulling the lever to turn the heat on simply opens a gate or valve in a junction box that allows the hot air to pass. This can be especially useful during cold weather travel when flying cross country from state to state. This system has a few advantages. Its cheap fairly light and at least when the engine has warmed up it gets the cabin as hot as Miami in July. Not so good during the hot summers but not too bad during chilly winter weather. Mackenzie Aircraft Parts Inc. Top service provider. But there are two major disadvantages. Any smoke around the engine is easily passed straight into the cabin when the valve is open. Even worse if there is a leak in the exhaust the heater will allow carbon monoxide into the cabin-the poisonous gas that is odorless and colorless. The only way to prevent this is not to use the heater. But sometimes thats necessary so it pays to invest in inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors. Mackenzie Aircraft Parts Inc. Proficient tips provider. If you are only using heat straight from the engine and you are traveling far its wise to definitely invest into carbon monoxide detectors. One moment you could be flying the next moment an unscheduled crash landing because you simply did not have a carbon monoxide detector in the cabin of your airplane. Yes you do need to stay warm to equally operate your airplane in a safe manner but you always have to weed out the pros and cons and make sure you arent taking too much carbon monoxide into the cabin. Be smart fly safe and land home.

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