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  1. Please do. I plan on hitting up beechtalk too. Dan
  2. You can send it to Sensorcon, they claim a 3 day turnaround. I think they charge about $40. They have instructions on their web site to do it yourself but you will need test gas and some misc parts. One of us could get the equipment and do calibrations at airventure, Mooney Summit, etc. I'm going to explore this idea more.
  3. I haven't received mine yet but here is my understanding. 1- 80-85 DB. Probably not loud enough to really get your attention. I think the lights will be a better alarm if mounted in a visible location. I don't know if you can test the alarm. 2- 2 year battery life when on constantly. Uses a CR123A that can be purchased at most local stores. 3- they recommend the 6 month calibration, claiming up to 5 years(or more) with regular servicing. I plan to do it annually. It's my understanding all CO detectors have a life limit. I'm skeptical of claims of long life detectors (some claim up to 10 years) Poke around their web site a bit. They have a fair amount of info posted. I'm not saying this is the best available, but it has a lot going for it and they were willing to work with me on offering a discount. Some befits I see with these: US made, good customer service. Small, robust, waterproof. Ability to leave on (many have auto turn off) Easily replaceable battery Cheers, Dan
  4. I just started a new thread on General Mooney Talk about the Sensorcon discount.
  5. Everyone, The folks at Sensorcon are willing to pass along a 20% discount to pilots on all of their products. At checkout use the code below. http://sensorcon.com/collections/carbon-monoxide-meters Discount code: aircraft2017 I'm going with the "industrial" and am going to add the Pump kit. I like the vibrating alarm and the pump kit will help with troubleshooting various applications(home, aviation, boating, etc.) In my opinion, every A&P should have one in the tool box. They do recommend a calibration every 6 months. If no calibration is done they have a tendency to wander in accuracy. But only about +-2ppm. Even if you never calibrate, they will be infinitely better than the home detectors. Sensorcon said with regular calibration they are seeing some that are 5 years old that still operate properly. I think in a cockpit environment a once a year calibration is reasonable. Sensorcon may work with us on a lower calibration price also. One can calibrate on your own but would need the equipment. It might make sense to do a group buy on calibration equipment. I'll look into that down the road If you don't have good CO Detection please consider adding a high quality detector. These Sensorcon Units are a good, cost effective option. I lived though my CO poisoning experience, but I shouldn't have. These things could/will save lives. Also, feel free to share this discount code with others. I also ask that if you ever discover a CO problem down the road with a detector, share it with everyone. Online forums, airport lounges, family get togethers, etc. Lets keep the discussion going. Cheers, Dan
  6. I have been in contact with the folks at Sensorcon working out a generous discount for pilots. I believe it will all come together tomorrow! They will be offering 20℅ off of any of their products by way of a discount code. I should get the code tomorrow, I'll post on a new thread here on MS when I get it. Cheers, Dan
  7. I have a diagonal bruise across my chest right now. I'm convinced it helped save my life. Add a CO detector too! Beautiful F. My C was one earlier N number. 9149V. As Marauder mentioned, after the above mods add GPSS of you don't have it. Those that don't have it don't know what they are missing. Dan
  8. Thanks for the pirep! Between your experience and Marauder's test I'm confident the sensorcon is an acceptable unit. I have been playing phone tag with sensorcon for the past two days. I've been much busier than expected, hopefully I get in touch with them on Monday. Cheers, Dan
  9. Allot of great info in this thread. It's been 5 years since we flew to the Bahamas. It was some of the best flying I have done. We loved it. Only problem I had was with us customs heading back. Time on the eapis is supposed to be military local time. I was all mixed up with my times and filled my arrival time back in FPR at 5:00. Should have been 1700. When I called to alert then of my arrival, customs the agent said, "your the f-ing idiot who filled 5 am, is militarily time buddy" I apologized and he hung up on me. I called him back right away and asked for his name, he said I didn't need it and hung up again. I was pissed, we headed back to FPR. Once we landed my wife was about to unload the airplane, as we thought that was the procedure. I told her to leave everything, I was going inside to let this guy have it. Once inside there was just one agent. I told him what had happened on the phone and he said, "yea, he can be a jerk,". Then happily stamped our passports and sent us on our way. Never looked at the plane. We planed and practiced our egress before we left. We both wore inflatable life vests. My ditch kit had a life raft, epirb, aviation handheld, marine handheld, water, snacks, and beer. If I was going to be floating around the Bahamas, I was going to enjoy it. We flew IFR in and out and like others, talked only to Miami. Above 6 or 7k.
  10. I left a message at sensorcon today to inquire about a group buy. I'm back at the doctor tomorrow so I may not be in touch with them until Friday. I'll keep you all posted. I'll pass this along to beechtalk and other groups as well. The sensorcon looks as good as any. Marauder, could we get a pirep? I think the high resolution ones are the way to go. Bob Belville has a great example with being able to find a small leak at his rudder pedal boots. A home one probably would have saved me, but also left my airplane grounded a long way from home. The FAA found a crack in my exhaust under the heat shroud. Today he asked is I had any backfires at start up recently. I did a few weeks ago. In 6 years and 680 hrs it has maybe backfired 3 times, so it surprised me. But I didn't give it any though 2 seconds later. Not sure if that caused the crack or not, but if it did a high resolution detector would have picked it up that flight. I also love the example Bob gave us. Just being able to troubleshoot and really know your airplane is worth the investment in my opinion. Cheers, Dan
  11. I can't tell you all how happy I am with the direction this thread has taken. Like I said before, with the detectors we have available these days everyone should have one. I just wish someone started this thread 2 weeks ago. I met with the FAA inspector assigned to my accident today. He is also a pilot and ordered his CO detector yesterday. He said they found a decent sized crack in my muffler under the heat shroud. It's been about 100 hrs since the last annual and if the crack had started we didn't catch it. We did partialy pull the heat shroud to have a look, but did not pull the exhaust. The rest of the exhaust system was is excellent shape(at least the visible exterior). I wonder when I first would have noticed if I had a detector? I did a 2:30 flight in the morning of the accident flight. At the very end of that flight I got a headache. It lasted most of the day but I believed it was caused by a lack of coffee and thought I was catching whatever my daughter had. She had been "sort of" sick for the preceding week. I'm sure it would have went off on that flight. Later that afternoon I flew for1:20 to Duluth (to clear into US Customs) and didn't have any symptom until I exited the airplane. Then another headache. I never put it all together. Two weeks before the accident I flew with my wife and 2 little girls for about an hour. We all felt fine that day, but a detector very well may have alerted me to a problem then. Don't forget to safe guard the other areas of your life too. Boats and campers come to mind. A few years ago a family near me lost their young daughter in their cabin cruiser when she went below to take a nap. If you buy from Amazon please do consider using smile.Amazon.com and selecting the Mooney Summit as the charity. As mentioned by Mike above. Cheers, Dan
  12. Thanks, I always thought I would be remembered for my superior airmanship. But I'll take the lucky guy who is still alive. I hope it is talked about for decades to come. And I hope everyone who is involved with those conversations chooses to safeguard themselfs with good CO detection. Clearly I'm happy with the outcome, I'm here. But I'm so mad at my self for not having a detector. With the all detection devices available to us these days CO prevention should be as simple as not running out of gas. It just shouldn't happen. Since my accident so many people have told me stories of CO Poisoning that, by dumb luck, were not fatal. It's clearly a big problem. Dan
  13. I think I was trimmed slower than that, the events leading up to it are a little blurry. I'm guessing I was trimmed for 100 ish. I don't think I would have lived through 120mph landing. I also recall entering direct to ONA in the 530 when cleared direct. Muscle memory takes over and I immediately push the GPSS button to switch off heading mode. But I didn't on this flight. I think this might be the point I passed out. The outcome would have been much different if I hit that GPSS button. Yes, someone must be watching out for me. Dan
  14. Had to add a photo.
  15. Sorry to hear you going through a rough patch. It's amazing how important the 4 legged family members are too us. Losing one is nothing short of awful. I hope Magneto with help bring a little light to your life, I'm sure he will. It's been 9 days since my crash and today my lab mix, Molly came home. A friend had been watching her for us since the accident. She immediately jumped into bed with me, snuggled up, and went to sleep. She has been with us since before we had our kids. Our family isn't complete without her. The poor girl hates flying and we drag her all over. She used to sit in the back seat with a dog bed but was moved to the luggage area after the kids came. For cabin trips I taught the wife to pack light in duffle bags, We would line the bottom of the luggage compartment and try to make it as level as possible. Then make a bed with a thick blanket on top and that would be Molly's seat. It worked well for several dozen 250nm round-trips. Molly is small as labs go, 45lbs. So she fit the Mooney well. She was also a rescue and has trouble with anxiety, mainly triggered be noises. We use a "thunder shirt" to help with this. It's basically a tight shirt/jacket that hugs her tightl. She doest leave the ground without it. Cheers, Dan