What do our customers say?
I have an R44 Raven II that is based in Boston. While the helicopter is stored in a hangar, the hangar is not heated. In the winter the hangar is frequently down into the low 20’s F and it can be difficult to start at times, never mind the potential for excess wear and tear. I thought about a Tanis, but then came upon the Alien Turbo heater. I thought this would be a perfect solution with a quilted cover from Bruce’s as I could keep the entire engine and the drive train warm and avoid the issues with uneven heating of the engine. Last winter it worked out perfectly. I just place the heater inside the rear cowling and set it at 70 degrees. The entire back end of the helicopter (including the fuel) stays warm. Engine starts just like it does in the spring time. I highly recommend this solution.
We’ve used the heaters 3-4 nights a week since we’ve gotten them. They allow us to leave the planes in the storage hangar regardless of the temperature. In the past we tried to get at least one plane into the heated maintenance hangar the night before a cold morning flight. This was always a complication and didn’t always work. Now, all we do is hang the heaters on the plane after the last flight and plug them in before we go home. The pressure carburetors on the Helio Couriers don’t like cold starts and it wasn’t unusual to have to pump the primer to keep them running initially on a cold morning. Now, we pull the plane out and turn the master on and see 70 – 80 degrees on the CHTs with the thermostat set at 70. The oil temps are 65 to 70. We will probably buy two more for the 206s before next winter. Thanks for a great product.
I got my heater on the 182 and it is -10 celcius outside and the plane is very cosy. What a fantastic product, most impressed.
As owner of a small SEP aircraft based in Switzerland, I recently bought an Alien X Turbo system. Friendly talks and rapid support from the manufacturer. Once bought, the device was sent rapidly and securely to Europe.
No need for any electrical plug adapter; the Alien stands "ready to use". Very simple and quick installation of the Alien on the aircraft (tutorial videos are of great help). It simply works! Your engine won’t ever keep cold again!
The Aerotherm engine heater is exactly what I needed for my Columbia 400. I turn the unit on and it heats all my cylinder heads to about 100F and the oil is kept at a nice 85F. It is easily installed when needed and its simplicity makes it a great addition on to my aircraft.