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Old 06-15-2020, 11:35 AM
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Default keeping my seats cool in the summer sun

If you live in a hot climate like me or leave your plane in the sun you have experienced putting on seat belts with extremely hot buckles. I found a solution using a spring type windshield sun screen. This type coils up when not being used, it's light weight and fits behind the seat. It covers both seats from the panel to behind the seats. Cost on Amazon was (2) for $15.99.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC7NQ0M..._ucX5EbYYZA26D

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Old 06-15-2020, 01:51 PM
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^^^^^ I like that. Order placed...
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Old 06-15-2020, 02:09 PM
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And the ad says it's for an RV. Coincidence maybe??
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Old 06-15-2020, 04:02 PM
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An alternative, if you live near a Goodwill store or someplace similar, is a curtain panel or large beach blanket for $2.00. I bought a nice white one last year and it has worked well for this exact purpose. It's actually nicer than the curtains I have in the master bedroom!

Of course, having Amazon drop one on your doorstep is darn handy and may be cheaper when you consider the gas to drive to the store.

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Old 06-15-2020, 06:23 PM
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Seems more logical to me to just use a lightweight canopy cover (Van's sells one) and protect the whole cockpit from the sun, or rain, or prying eyes. It only takes a couple minutes to put it on.

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Old 06-15-2020, 06:52 PM
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That is so cool. I've tried to do exactly what you've done at both Sun n Fun, and Oshkosh. They were the type one puts in their car window in the summer heat. Lousy fit, wanted to pop off, or fall down inside, but I more or less got it to work. Regarding putting the big canvas cover over your whole cockpit, that's a great idea----until you've got a windy day. Then its impossible. More than once, I had to get another RVer to help hold one side down while I fumbled with the other side.
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:51 PM
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I have the full outer cover Tony is talking about and use it when leaving the plane for extended time, over night, etc. This one is the same as the ones used for auto windshields just much larger designed for motor homes.
For the -12 it takes only seconds to put in place and remove, great for those airport lunch flights. It is super light weight so won't cut into that "baggage allotment".
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:27 AM
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I like the idea of covering the cockpit under the canopy. Might avoid the target of opportunity thieves if they don?t see what?s in the cockpit. I also put a lock on my canopy. That?s one item I never figured out why Van?s didn?t include in the design.
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Old 06-16-2020, 05:34 AM
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I like the idea of covering the cockpit under the canopy. Might avoid the target of opportunity thieves if they don?t see what?s in the cockpit. I also put a lock on my canopy. That?s one item I never figured out why Van?s didn?t include in the design.
I would rather have radios stolen than the canopy broken to get in. Worse is broken canopy and stolen radios. Hopefully neither.
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:15 AM
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seems like it would be good thing to carry on a hot summer day. I have a Canopy cover but its too much to take out and cover the canopy, snap it in place when I'm just visiting a friend at a nearby grass strip, or at a lunch fly-in during the summer time. It's one of those situations where you can pretty much see your airplane almost the entire time you are there, or it's a private strip and you don't have to worry about sticky fingers, so you leave canopy open and uncovered but the hot summer Sun melts aways your headsets, seats and avionics --- you visit for 30 minutes, get in and BAM OUCH that's Hot. This may be the perfect solution for those little trips without having to worry about using the big cover.

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