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Old 05-29-2017, 05:27 PM
seward747 seward747 is offline
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anyone doing sheepskin seat covers in their -12s?

Just the opposite of mention above, they tend to be cool in summer, warm in winter. Everything I fly at work is so equipped.

Doug in Seattle

(finally got warm here)
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:32 PM
Go Guy Go Guy is offline
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Default Blk Interior

Have to agree with all the above. But Hey, look at the bright side, You might not need seat heaters in the winter time!

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Old 05-29-2017, 08:47 PM
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On a nice hot day lay your hand on a white car hood and then a black one.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:27 PM
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Default Thanks, all for the feedback

Thanks, all for the feedback. After much though I have decided to ditch the black seats and go with a new color design that will match the exterior of the Aircraft. It should be cooler and cooler donít you think?
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:55 PM
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My grey leather interior is hot on a summer day, but not as bad as Black would be.

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Old 05-30-2017, 07:14 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Personally, I'd avoid leather if humanly possible.

On my RV-3B, I'll go for fabric and sheepskin. Sheepskin is utterly good. Totally cool - literally, in the summer, and warmer in the winter.

RV-3B, now skinning the fuselage
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:52 PM
Azjulian Azjulian is offline
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I have black leather seats and interior and live in Arizona. I have noticed zero difference between that interior and the SLSA I fly. If you plan on leaving the plane outside or not using the Kroger shade then any interior is going to boil until you get some airflow through it.

Unless you go with the sheepskin suggested, I think go with what you want because honestly exposed to direct sunlight for a period of time any color interior and vinyl or leather is going to feel pretty uncomfortable until you get air over it.

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Old 06-22-2017, 06:49 AM
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There's a lot more to human comfort than just color.

Close the canopy in the sun and allow the interior air temperature to reach 140F. Very soon, everything without a conductive path to the exterior atmosphere will be at 140F....regardless of color.

Place a sheet of paper and a block of aluminum in that cockpit. Both will reach 140F. Yet when we touch the paper, it is not uncomfortable, while touching the block is very close to painful. As a practical example, consider a black seat belt with a silver buckle. If color was the only factor, the buckle would be cooler than the belt...but as we know from sad experience, the belt doesn't feel hot, while the buckle can burn.

My seats are sewn from black Cordura....perfectly comfortable.
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Old 06-22-2017, 07:09 AM
brad walton brad walton is offline
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Default Contrary opinion

I have burgundy colored leather in my RV8 over Vans foam. I heard all kinds of stories about hot and too soft in the summer and cold and too hard in the winter. Neither were true. No problem with a dark color here in Texas. It's just not an issue. Get the color and material you want. After all, most of the time you will be rolling it out of your hangar.
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