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Old 06-30-2005, 07:55 PM
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That would be cool.

Then he could name the plane "Hot Pants".

Might go over well with the ladies
Buuuuut, then the wheel pants have to be very very high cut and very conforming to the wheel.
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:28 PM
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I think any slush would freeze as you went higher and it got even colder. Despite the lower pressure and thus lower boiling point.

I would install an electric heater in each pant. I imagine that a lot of heat for a short time would work better than a small amount of heat for a long time given how much cooling potential there is at 200+ MPH.

You could always heat one pant until it was free of water, then heat the other pant if electric capacity was a problem.
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Old 07-03-2005, 10:23 PM
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Dust,

This problem can't be isolated to only canards. What do other high-flying fixed gear plane use? I would think somebody like Lancair would have already addressed this issue.
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:48 AM
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Yes - this is a wheel pant problem - not a canard problem.

but on a 172 it doesn't make that much difference in speed - they just remove them and don't worry about it. on a cozy it means 10 or 12 knots. i will not accept that.

need a solution
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Old 07-04-2005, 04:20 PM
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i got it .....make a small pin wheel in the hub,just so the wheel can spin a little while its in the air. then apply a small brake pressure to heat up the rotor and melt the snow.
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Old 07-04-2005, 04:31 PM
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make a small pin wheel in the hub,just so the wheel can spin a little while its in the air
I've always wondered why they don't do this to save tire wear on touch down. Must be a drag thing.
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