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Trying to figure out what this part is. Sorry for the dark pic, was simming in bad weather.

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It's an air vent on the left side. There is another air vent on the right side, which also contains a temperature gauge.

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It can also be a hiding place for bees to hang out. So it's a good idea to open the vents on the ground before takeoff to possibly prevent an airborne surprise!

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    $\begingroup$ @757toga Had that happen to me once in the air during flight training. My instructor grabbed his jacket off the back seat and precisely killed the bee with a quick flick. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 8:26

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