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Dan Bass tells his Carbon Monoxide survival story to AOPA

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With the leaves are falling as fast as the temperature we are getting into cabin heat season again.   AOPA has published an interview with fellow MooneySpace user Dan Bass @DanM20C where he recounts how he survived the crash of his M20C after becoming incapacitated by Carbon Monoxide.  Now is a great time remind everyone to invest in a CO detector, your life could depend on it.  

 

https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/online-learning/real-pilot-stories/dan-bass-accident-photos

 

 

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I had a CO incident back in the 80s In my M20 F.

I was flying IFR from Denver to Rapid City SD. It was the middle of winter and the OAT was about -20C. I was on top and after a while the clouds were so bright that my eyes hurt. Then I started to get a splitting headache. 

When I was done with my work in SD I bought a pair of cheap sun glasses. When I got back to the airport it occurred to me that I might have a CO problem. I bought a CO spot detector at the FBO, started up the engine and put the spot in front of the heater duct.

It turned dark black in about 2 seconds!!! 

Being young and foolish I flew home with my jacket zipped up, my winter gloves on, the heater off and the overhead vents on full blast. It is hard to pass out when you are shivering that bad.

I felt like I had the worst hangover for 3 days.

My muffler has a split that went half way around the muffler. It was about 1/8 inch wide.

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Thanks for posting Dennis!

If you haven't purchased a CO detector Sensorcon is still offering a pilot discount.

www.sensorcon.com

20% Discount code: flysafe2019

Cheers,

Dan

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So I went flying with a friend of mine last weekend. He owns a 2006 Cessna 172. As I started to climb into the right seat, I noticed the little cardboard CO detector stuck to the panel. I asked him to wait two minutes while I went over to my hangar and pulled the SensorCon out of my Mooney. I just clipped it to my jacket and climbed into his airplane. We had a great flight, and it was fun to be back in a little high wing after quite a few years. Of course he asked why the concern over the CO detector and so I related Dan's story. He ordered one the next day.

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I just forwarded on Dan's story to the 57 pilots in our local aviators association.  Hopefully a few of them will pay heed to the warning!

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So which of the sensorcon are you guys using?

I ordered the Inspector.

Only time it has gone off (luckily) I was on the ground upwind of a C152 doing a run up. Got up into the 40’s.

It is normally zero in cruise.
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I got the pro. It’s overkill and not worth the extra money for our usage.  You really don”t need the 24 hour average exposure or the ability to set custom alarm points.

As has been said around here before, get the cheapest one unless you are going to wear it when switching from plane to plane.  Then the vibrating alarm of the middle priced one may make sense.

 

 

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Does anyone participate in other aviation groups beside MS?

Please forward the link to Dans’s story, twice... in case their email link is broken...

It is amazing how some people don’t get an important message... this message is worth over-telling...

Extra credit if it goes viral... where two friends share with two more friends... and so on and so on... -Fabrege organic shampoo... :)

Keep up the good work, Dan, MS, and everybody!

Best regards,

-a-

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I bought one based on the recommendations I have seen here.  I like the unit.....I wish I could remember to turn it off but that is my issue.  I leave it on the cupholders, it sorta of stays there.

I get readings of zero in cruise flight, and a couple of units in climbout.  On the ground with door open it is all over the place and takes some time to settle down.  

what are people seeing on their numbers?

 

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A few flights after meeting Dan at Oshkosh, I bought an inspector.  It was especially reassuring having it after I turned on the heat later in the season and it smelled funny.  Fortunately it was nothing, but it’s amazing how frequently exhaust leaks happen in these airplanes.  

 

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Superb job Dan!  Spread the word on the digital Co Monitor value!  This was an Excellent podcast.  I still am amazed that you survived.  It is TRULY miraculous.  Living to fight and hug another day.  Priceless.

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Every time I hear his story...I think miracle,plane basically landed itself like those ww2 “ghost”planes you read about.Also have a sensor and use it in my trailer when camping

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1 hour ago, thinwing said:

Every time I hear his story...I think miracle,plane basically landed itself like those ww2 “ghost”planes you read about.Also have a sensor and use it in my trailer when camping

That's the beauty of a portable sensor. I've checked my truck heater, gas stove in the kitchen and gas logs in the fireplace. All zero.

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