CO Detector - Year-round?

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CO Detector - Year-round?

Postby JJ Campbell » Wed May 20, 2020 7:14 am

I just purchased the Tocsin3 CO detector. Is it wisest to use it all year or is Winter only sufficient?
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Re: CO Detector - Year-round?

Postby drseti » Wed May 20, 2020 8:17 am

I would say year-round. You may assume that the only way for CO to enter your cabin is through the heater system, but that would be a dangerous assumption. Exhaust pipes and joints can leak too, and your firewall probably isn't impervious to gas molecules. You have it, so by all means use it!
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Re: CO Detector - Year-round?

Postby 3Dreaming » Wed May 20, 2020 8:37 am

I had a friend who installed a smoke system on his experimental airplane. When he would turn it on he was amazed at the smoke and smells that came into the cockpit. That is a pretty good indication of the bad stuff you are breathing when you are flying anytime, even when the cabin heat was not in use.

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Re: CO Detector - Year-round?

Postby David » Thu May 21, 2020 5:32 pm

I have the same device and have it on my shoulder harness, and I do get a fair amount of smoke that comes in when I turn on smoked. I use it year round just part of my startup procedure.
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Re: CO Detector - Year-round?

Postby JJ Campbell » Fri May 22, 2020 8:04 am

I just flew with my new Tocsin3 hanging from a D-Ring on my vest for the first time. I could not hear it or feel it when I turned it on after starting the aircraft. I'll be using some Velcro to mount it to the dash so I can add it to my instrument scan.
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