Flying Cold

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Flying Cold

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:20 am

So, it’s warming up here in the NE today and tomorrow. Looks like 25F today and and virtual heatwave tomorrow at 35F. What’s the coldest temps you’ve flown in, pre-heating beforehand of course?

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Re: Flying Cold

Postby 3Dreaming » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:57 am

Back when I flew pipeline and buried telephone cable I flew in - Fahrenheit on occasion. I was making anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 flights. I dressed warmly. If there was snow on the ground and it was sunny I wore 2 pairs of sunglasses.

Last Sunday my son and I went flying together, but each of us in separate Taylorcrafts. At 25° it was quite chilly, at least in the airplane I was in. The one he was flying is sealed up much tighter, and is not a drafty. He said he didn't even have the heat on during the first leg of out flight. I had my heat on, but it didn't seem to help much.

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Re: Flying Cold

Postby Mark Gregor » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:32 pm

I flew back from the Sebring expo last Saturday afternoon. When I landed in MN it was -2 F. The heater in the Tecnam P2008 works pretty well.

I put my winter coat on for the last hour but the windshield defrost kept up fine and and I was comfortable.

As long as it’s above zero I fly regularly.


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