AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 89

GET THE

AOPA
APP
Simply slide the switch
to On and know that
when you arrive the
next morning, Mighty
Bird's engine will be
toasty and warm.

REMOTELY turn systems on or off simply

using your phone.

for whatever is being controlled- " Engine
Preheater, " for example. So now, on
that Friday night as you anticipate your
Saturday morning $100 breakfast flight,
simply slide the switch to On and know
that when you arrive the next morning,
Mighty Bird's engine will be toasty warm.
The unit has a temperature sensor
that shares data with the app, so you can
remotely check the temperature in the
hangar to determine whether you need to
activate the heater.
But the SwitcheOn does more than simple on/off control. Through the app you
can set it to automatically turn devices
on or off at selected temperatures. Or
turn things on or off on particular days at
selected times. And the time/date selection
can be temperature dependent as well-so
it will only take the action if the temperature is, say, below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
James Gallagher, a Beechcraft
Bonanza owner and friend of Mollet's,
has been promoting the product. He says
pilots have been using them not just for

engine preheaters, but also for ceramic
heaters to warm the cockpit and avionics. He uses one to warm the engine on
a tired gasoline-powered aircraft tug.
They've also noticed people using them to
turn battery chargers on and off not only
for airplanes, but also for boats and recreational vehicles. The unit is weatherproof,
so it can be used outside.
A 15-amp fuse protects the circuitry,
which means users have to be careful about
what they plug in-ceramic heaters on a
High setting, for example, can draw 13 amps,
according to Gallagher. A typical engine
heater draws only about 3 amps. Mollet said
a 20-amp version will be available soon, but
electrical code requires it be plugged into a
20-amp outlet and utilize a 20-amp connector.
When discussing those cabin heaters,
Mollet, with his electrical engineer hat on,
can't help but caution about the amount of
heat those 1,500-watt ceramic heaters can
generate-becoming a fire hazard should
they get tipped over. His recommendation is the PMAed, installed 500-watt
cabin heater from Tanis (tanisaircraft.
com/product/replacement-parts-accessories/avionics-cabin-heater/thp3094-500),
which can still be controlled by the
SwitcheOn.
For more information, see the
SwitcheOn (switcheon.com) or Gallagher
Aviation ( gallagheraviationllc.com/
switcheon.html) websites.
AOPA
EMAIL thomas.haines@aopa.org

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