Of course, as an aircraft owner, I'm aware of the importance of flying my aircraft regularly, and of course I attempt to do that. However, as many busy professionals know, life sometimes gets in the way (curiously more often when it's cold ;-) and prevents my flying as much as I would like to.
Are there any concerns about leaving this type of oil pan heater plugged in all the time throughout the winter, or should I plan to go out to the airport a couple hours before flying to plug it in each time? Any advice on this equipment would be most appreciated.
My aircraft had a Tanis heater installed, I only run the heating pad on top of the engine continuously while the oil cap is removed for ventilation.
I was not aware of a "heating pad on top of the engine" being part of a Tanis system. To my knowledge and according to Tanis's web site, their systems include an oil sump heating pad plus cylinder head probes (legacy systems) or bolts (current production). Can you explain further?
Just my two cents.