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Old 07-17-2009, 11:39 AM
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Hey guys and gals, I was wondering if anybody has ever heard of putting air conditioning in a rv8a? I think my wife would enjoy flying alot more if we put it in ours. Granted I am YEARS away from flying, so if there is not a kit yet maybe there will be in the future. All you experts out there, what would be involved to make a system for my airplane? Sincerely J.D.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:51 AM
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Default Plug & Play

here it is...

http://www.planeairusa.com/
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:23 PM
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The RVs have the best A/C there is.... a 2,000 fpm climb rate. :-)
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:07 PM
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The RVs have the best A/C there is.... a 2,000 fpm climb rate. :-)
True......

Last weeks temps for comparisons. 77F. at 7500'. 56F at 9500' which felt like good A/C. Coming down to 5500' for Class B, it suddenly went to 95F, and felt like a furnace coming through the sides vents. Somewhat uncomfortable at that point. Our airport is 4200' & today, it's 101F outside.

I'd like A/C, but considering the weight, space, and cost...........I'll just have to fly higher and suffer for a while during the takeoff and landing phase.

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Old 07-17-2009, 05:40 PM
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Yeah, Tanya and I substitute O2 for A/C. Our O2 is an absolute necessity because we don't have A/C. Works well. We were happy to be sucking O2 at 15.5k' a couple weeks ago because of heat below. Although, if I were to build a -10, you can bet that it would have A/C after doing my transition training in Alex's.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:41 PM
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There is another company that makes an ice chest/cooler with a fan powered by 12 volt ship power and a length of SCAT duct to send the air into the cabin. Place it in the baggage area or back seat. You put a block of ice in there, and the fan circulates cabin air over the ice. It works remarkably well according to the gent I saw loading it into his Bonanza on a 105 degree day.

It cools the cabin long enough to take off and climb to altitude. Might even still be some ice in there for the descent.

They charge like $700 for the thing, but you could build your own for $100.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:21 PM
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Some great info for sure. 33lbs seems to be a bit heavy for a luxury item though. Do I eat the weight, or listen to a 33lb of complaining??? Suck it up Buttercup!!! You guys ROCK! Thanks J.D.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:26 PM
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Some great info for sure. 33lbs seems to be a bit heavy for a luxury item though. Do I eat the weight, or listen to a 33lb of complaining??? Suck it up Buttercup!!! You guys ROCK! Thanks J.D.
Okay... put a Catto carbon fiber two blade race prop, light weight starter and alternator and this a/c system... you're still 15 lbs lighter than a C/S prop with same equipment. I'm working on a system for my plane, I'm extremely light weight, a/c would be nice on the ground and for beach/low flight.
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Just reviving an old thread out of curiosity. Living out in Australia now and originally from Scotland the weather gets proper hot here and under the RV8 canopy I imagine it will be a tad warm.

Has anyone installed any form of air conditioning unit in their aircraft? Was googling around on line and found these units on line. Would something like this work without adding too much weight. Thoughts?

https://www.rigidhvac.com/store/products/159840
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Old 01-07-2021, 05:32 PM
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Just reviving an old thread out of curiosity. Living out in Australia now and originally from Scotland the weather gets proper hot here and under the RV8 canopy I imagine it will be a tad warm.

Has anyone installed any form of air conditioning unit in their aircraft? Was googling around on line and found these units on line. Would something like this work without adding too much weight. Thoughts?

https://www.rigidhvac.com/store/products/159840
The big initial question is how much current (amps) does it draw. I didn't see anything on their web page. Most small GA airplane electrical systems are not all that powerful.

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