Aviatrix recently blogged about a "cigarette lighter" in her aircraft. It made me smile because though I'm a non-smoker, I installed one in my Amateur Built "Zodie" (click on the photo for a close up - I'm sure you'll spot it...)
With the variety of useful gadgets available I was pretty sure it would come in handy. For example I may one day decide to install a ventilation fan for hot weather or for clearing mist off the canopy in winter.
So now I'm wondering about electric heat. This could be simpler and lighter. And more effective as the heat would be applied directly to the body instead of lost in a drafty cabin where it is rapidly sucked away by the 120 miles-per-hour wind chill factor.
Motor-cycle gear apparently requires a different connector, but that's the beauty of a home-built aircraft. I can find the components at a local shop and install them myself.
While I was googling I even found what looks like a 12v fan-driven heater core if I finally decide to go back to the hot-water heat method.
Given the beautiful sunny "flying" day we had on the west coast today, it's definitely something I need to investigate.
Thanks for the ideas, Aviatrix!