At this time of year, it’s no fun to be in an airplane on the ground after, say, 10 a.m. We’re mopping ourselves with towels, cracking doors, employing useless battery-operated fans, and generally doing everything we can to keep our internal body temperatures at a reasonable level while we do a runup.

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Photo courtesy Steve Draher, Yingling Aviation.


The winner of our 172 Sweepstakes won’t have that issue–at least, not unless he or she lives in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s because the technicians at Yingling Aviation in Wichita have installed a complete PolyOne SC15 UV/infrared blocking solar gray window set. The window set was provided by LP Aero Plastics Inc. of Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

What do all those numbers and letters mean? The windows include an acrylic material that is said to decrease cockpit temperatures 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The material provides protection from ultraviolet rays that can harm you. What’s more, lower cockpit temperatures are better for the electronic equipment installed in any aircraft.

“The aircraft owners who have had their aircraft upgraded with these UV/Infrared Blocking windows rave about them when we see them at the shows,” said George Mesiarik, vice president and general manager, LP Aero Plastics.

Stop by and check out these cool (literally!) windows when you visit the AOPA tent at EAA AirVenture. The AOPA Sweepstakes 172 will be on display, alongside another Yingling Ascend 172 so that you can see the work-in-progress and the end result.

Learn more about how you could win a Cessna 172 in the AOPA 172 Sweepstakes.