Safety Recommendation: 2020-008
2020-008: It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require piston engine aircraft which may have a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to have a CO detector with an active warning to alert pilots to the presence of elevated levels of carbon monoxide.
The CAA remains committed to tackling carbon monoxide (CO) in general aviation (GA) and continues to be active in this area. The findings from the CAA 12-month study of low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) CO detectors with attention-getting capabilities have now been published on the CO webpage.
In June, the CAA launched a second survey to understand if the work undertaken since the 2021 survey has had a positive impact in terms of increasing awareness and uptake of active CO detectors amongst general aviation pilots. The survey closed at the end of September and the results are available on the CAA webpage.
The CAA published a revision to Safety Notice SN-2020/003 in July, highlighting some of the key findings from the aforementioned 12-month study and provided additional guidance on the use of commercial off-the-shelf active CO detectors in GA aircraft.
In August, the CAA released a podcast to promote the latest pilot survey, increase awareness around the various activities undertaken, and featured interviews with members of the GA community about flying with a CO detector. The CAA also published an information leaflet in August outlining the advantages of flying with an active CO detector and provided information on the five most popular devices used in the CAA 12-month study.
The CAA will be running a public consultation in early 2024 to garner the views of the GA community on using active CO detectors.