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Old 10-13-2018, 08:38 PM
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Default Ready for winter flying

Getting ready for cold weather flying - oil shutter installed to keep engine temps up at -10




Installed seat heaters for me - keep my temps up!

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Old 10-14-2018, 02:51 AM
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We had a temperature record yesterday (Netherlands / latitude 52N ) for the 14th of October; around 25C/77F and you're starting the winter flying thread?😉

Any information about your seat heating (brand/Amps)?

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Old 10-14-2018, 07:04 AM
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Default Engine preheater?

I feel your pain, it got down to near 60F last night here! Do you have an engine preheater? I put on an oil sump heater last year. Its nice to have your engine at 90F before starting.
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:32 AM
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We had a temperature record yesterday (Netherlands / latitude 52N ) for the 14th of October; around 25C/77F and you're starting the winter flying thread?😉

Any information about your seat heating (brand/Amps)?

Regards, Joeri
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:42 AM
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Currently 22 degrees F here in Denver at 6:40am. Several inches of snow on the ground too!
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:04 PM
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Where did you get the damper for the oil cooler?
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:59 PM
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Van’s, but antisplat now has them. I had to put a fabricate frame. Look up one of my posts from a few years ago

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...hlight=Shutter


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Old 10-17-2018, 08:24 PM
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Default Bottom cowl removal

Does this shutter make removing the lower cowl a pain? I assume you must disconnect and remove the shutter. What about the cable? do you have to thread it through the cowl each time?
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:06 PM
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29 degrees Monday morning here when I went flying. I installed an oil cooler shutter but not the Bowden cable. Basically wire it full open for summer and full closed for winter. Last winter I plugged in my Reiff oil Sump Heater on November 1st. and left it on until March 1st. (fly every week or two). I also use a cowl blanket in between uses. It maintains an oil / case temp in the mid 90s. Even down to -40 F. Keeps the whole front end warm. On cold days I also throw a milk house heater in the cockpit while I do my preflight. Darn thing starts up smoother in January than it does in June!
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