Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a by-product of internal combustion engines. Many internal combustion engine airplanes are heated by air that has been warmed by circulating air around the exhaust system using a heater shroud. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce carbon monoxide into the cockpit. Continued exposure increases risks to aviators, including impaired judgement, oxygen starvation, loss of control, and eventually incapacitation and death. Sadly, there have been numerous instances of this occurring in Alaska.
Safety is a core Crowley value and to help keep Alaska’s pilots safe, Crowley Fuels started a program to offer free passive carbon monoxide detectors. To date, Crowley has distributed 2,000 detectors to the Alaska aviation community. To request your free carbon monoxide detector, please complete the following information below.