October 1998 Issue

Shade to Go

All the commercially available sun screens perform as advertised. Best value: A toss- up between Kennon and Cunningham

Next time you’re droning along on a cross country on a hot day, feel around the edges of the bezels on your avionics faceplates. In most airplanes, even ones with avionics cooling fans, they’ll be hot—not warm—to the touch.

But trust us, they’re probably a lot cooler in operation than they are merely baking in the hot sun on a summer day when the airplane is on the ramp with no cockpit cover or sun screens.

We were recently astonished to learn that interior cockpit temperatures approach 200 degrees on a bright Florida day and that can’t be good for the avionics, not to mention the upholstery and all the sundry stuff stored in the average airplane.

Yet as cheap as covers and sun scre...

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