My question isn’t really specific to SR20s but here goes…
I’m gonna have to end up parking my SR20 outside rather than in a hangar, since hangars are unavailable at nearby airports. However, I live near Washington DC and so I expect there will be some days in the winter for which a preheat would be desirable before starting the engine.
It seems to me there’s not too many choices here; namely:
get a hot-air-blowing type preheat from the FBO – I suppose it’s okay but seems like that’s not the best way to preheat for optimal engine life
get a tanis/reiff type preheat system and then run a portable generator to power it for the several hours it takes to heat the engine – doesn’t really seem practical.
Since this is my 1st airplane purchase, and since this is also my first winter in the DC area (having moved this summer from the SF Bay Area), I am looking for suggestions as to what other people do to preheat their airplane’s engine when a hangar, and thus electric power, is not available?