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Old 05-29-2017, 09:40 AM
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In my quest to be the cool kid on the block I opted for black leather seats with white stitching, black side wall panels, and black carpets. My thinking was my car is cool in all black interior so why not my airplane. I have no doubt that it will be cool looking. What might not be so cool is my body on a 85 degree summers day. I will have a sun shade overhead so I was thinking it might not be too bad. What are your thoughts on black as an interior choice? Will it be cool and will I stay cool as someone who has, say an all gray interior? Does anyone have an all black interior? What was your experience with black interior.
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My prediction is that you are going to fry. I've been in situations where the metal in the cockpit was too hot to touch, and that's painted light grey!
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:32 AM
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In my quest to be the cool kid on the block I opted for black leather seats with white stitching, black side wall panels, and black carpets. My thinking was my car is cool in all black interior so why not my airplane. I have no doubt that it will be cool looking. What might not be so cool is my body on a 85 degree summers day. I will have a sun shade overhead so I was thinking it might not be too bad. What are your thoughts on black as an interior choice? Will it be cool and will I stay cool as someone who has, say an all gray interior? Does anyone have an all black interior? What was your experience with black interior.
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My prediction is that you are going to fry. I've been in situations where the metal in the cockpit was too hot to touch, and that's painted light grey!
COOL looking but going to be HOT if you try to use it in the summer sun.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:39 AM
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Ouch! I doubt your car has a bubble canopy, sun shade or not. It gets hot in there sitting on the ramp.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:45 AM
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Ouch! I doubt your car has a bubble canopy, sun shade or not. It gets hot in there sitting on the ramp.
....and your car has a good a/c to cool things off.

I prefer lighter colors and even though cloth is not as "cool" as leather, I am sure glad I have it on hot and cold days. Leather is cold on cool days, hot on hot days and does not breath well giving you a soaking wet backside after flying in hot weather.

I vote for cloth seats
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:55 AM
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Also you could skip the real leather and get synthetic, like Ultraleather. You get the look without the heat. You don't get the leather smell though .. but synthetic does seem to clean easier.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:55 AM
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As Michael noted above, even a light gray painted and upholstered interior gets very hot after sitting in the summer sun. During summertime Young Eagle flights, I always have to be careful showing passengers where they can place their hands when climbing into the cockpit to avoid getting burned. You may find that a lightweight canopy cover helps to reduce surface temps while parked. The interior overhead canopy shade is a must.
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:05 PM
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Cool Factor - yes. but HOT HOT HOT. Here in south Alabama I couldn't even consider a black interior, my wife would kill me.

And a side note - it'll show ever speck of grass or other pieces of dirt etc.
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:51 PM
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It's gonna be hot. The retractable sun shade helps keep the sun from frying your skin directly but little for cabin temp. Invest in a canopy cover for when you're parked. The one Van's sells is just fine.
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There is no way I would ever consider a black upholstery on a canopy type aircraft. You will fry as soon as you sit down.
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