Creating unique solutions is at the heart of experimental aircraft building!
One key difference between certified aircraft and experimental aircraft is the privilege to experiment with original, unique designs in constructing our aircraft.
In this week's video, we show an example of how we chose to implement cabin heat for a homebuilt with a water cooled engine using an automotive heater. There are few, if any, off the shelf products that fit this need, so we adapted an automotive heater for our use.
While planning the installation, we kept several objectives in mind: the heater had to be lightweight, effective in heat output, mount safely to the aircraft and be cost effective. Although every solution is a compromise, we can learn from studying the successes and failures of others in their attempts to perform custom installations.
Watch as we step through a process towards achieving a good fit for our heater solution.