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Old 03-13-2020, 02:48 PM
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Default Does Your Airplane Have a Fire Extinguisher?

Hey all, I don't post much here since I've sold my RV-7, but I'd like to get the word out about the importance of having a fire extinguisher in your airplane.

If you don't think it's important, or didn't yet 'get around to installing one', check out my new video...

Mark Pensenstadler
1962 Piper Cherokee 160
2003 RANS S-10
2011 RANS S-6S
2011 Vans RV-7
2015 Zenith Cruzer
1962 Mooney M20C
2019 KITFOX Super Sport
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Old 03-13-2020, 03:02 PM
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5# halotron in my planes.
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Old 03-13-2020, 05:07 PM
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nope, no firex...

RVs don?t burn, they just melt
Life's short... Enjoy!

RV-6.9 #25685, slider, O-360-A3A (carb/dual Lightspeed II), MTV-12-B, HB-YLL owner & lover
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Old 03-13-2020, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DeeCee 57 View Post
nope, no firex...
RVs don?t burn, they just melt
End result is pretty much the same!
Mel Asberry, DAR since the last century. Over 1,000 certifications accomplished. Discount for Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters.
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Old 03-13-2020, 05:48 PM
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I was always taught a firex in a plane is for a spot fire or putting out flames on someone. Likely in aid to others less prepared and in dire need.

As in, they have an induction fire and a no-start or are rolling around ablaze.
RV-6, bought from builder.
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:30 PM
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I follow Mark's channel on YouTube. I saw the video. It looked like an Avgas-fueled fire. A little tiny 5 lb dry chemical or Halon fire extinguisher, you're probably screwed. Fire extinguisher is a good idea for a small electrical fire. The one word and take away from this video is "insurance".

The video Mark notes there was a fire extinguisher at the fuel pumps, but it was in a unmarked white box. A very large fire extinguisher will have a chance than a little 5 lb portable. Lesson locate fire exchingsher before fueling?
Raleigh, NC Area
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:35 PM
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I installed an Element fire extinguisher on the roll bar using their mount.
Brian S.
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Old 03-13-2020, 08:23 PM
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Have you had a chance to experiment with the Element fire extinguisher? I?m intrigued, but hate to need it only to find it wasn?t up to the task.

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Old 03-13-2020, 08:59 PM
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Mine certainly has one.
N825SM RV7A - IO360M1B - SOLD
N825MS RV14A - IO390 - SOLD
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Old 03-13-2020, 09:10 PM
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Default Fire

If you DID have a fire extinguisher on board, would you of been able to fight the fire with the cowl on? Doubt it.
Gentlemen, take a serious look at PROTENG. Such a simple fire fighting device. It?s automatic and directed at the heat source, which is great because you may not even know that you?re on fire while in the air. If you should crash and are unconscious or unable to reach for a small extinguisher and direct it to the source that you probably couldn?t get to anyway, it will set off automatically and extinguish the fire for you. You can even get a cockpit indicator that lets you know it has discharged due to fire while flying. It is non corrosive and non toxic unlike Halon. It won?t damage avionics either. It installs simply with nylon tie wraps.
I am not an employee of the company. It is just the best safety device that I have come across in years and I am installing it on my F1H Rocket firewall.
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