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Carbon Monoxide Detector

Jim Meade

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What is the story on CO detectors in FD airplanes? Does FD have a position on this? Do you have personal experience? Do you use one?


I'm looking at a Model 300 Pocket CO advertised on Aircraft Spruce (cheaper than Amazon!) It alarms at or above 50 ppm, which is the FAA recommendation. Cost about $125.


Some use household types. They may not have a low enough alert level and may take too long to alert. But, they're cheaper, some for around $30-$40.




Here is the NTSB SAIB from May 2010




It has an internal reference to an FAA study that discusses desireable characteristics.


Here's a Mike Busch review form AvWeb in 2003 which recommends a more expensive device.





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