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I'm running this idea up the flagpole to see who salutes.

 

Would you be interested in purchasing an electronic carbon monoxide detector for you plane?

 

Card type CO detectors cost about $10, and have an maximum life of 18 months from the time they are opened. I am thinking of a device that can be plugged into an aircraft's electrical circuit (both 12 & 24 VDC) perhaps via a similar power outlet that a GPS is connected to. The device would be housed in a box about the size of a cigarette packet (are we still allowed to use "cigarette packet" as an indicator of size) and would have a flashing LED warning light and siren to warn of the presence of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. I would not be a permanent fixture. You could remove it from your plane and use it in your car or boat.

 

At this stage, I'm hoping for a purchase price of around $60 - $75.

 

This device would be used in an enclosed cockpit, so, despite your interest, trike, open cockpit and gyro pilots need not reply:cheezy grin:

 

Old Man Emu

 

 

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I purchased one from the online shop here for $150 - works great - velcro attached to the instrument pannel. Gives a readout of the current CO readings, with an alarm. Battery life is longer then 100 hr service.

 

I change both OAT and CO detecor batteries every 100hr service for <$10 and have relibable indications all the time.

 

The card inticator was located up on the side pannel at the wing route and whilst not saying that the information was wrong - I never looked at it - only the flight panel whilst flying.

 

A friend of mine has relocated his current card type detector to the instrument pannel which is at least scanned as a normal instrument scan.

 

With the actual read out I am happy to use cabin heat [not needed often in NQ] if necessary.

 

Frank M

 

 

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Thank you all for your comments. It seems that it is going to be worth my while to do some R&D. I have an electrical engineer who can design the electronics, and I have just located a supplier of some of the hard to find components.

 

Give me a couple of weeks and I'll hopefully have more information.

 

Old Man Emu

 

 

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Thank you all for your comments. It seems that it is going to be worth my while to do some R&D. I have an electrical engineer who can design the electronics, and I have just located a supplier of some of the hard to find components.Give me a couple of weeks and I'll hopefully have more information.

 

Old Man Emu

That sounds good OME. Perhaps the finished product could be stocked in Ian's shop?

 

 

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