Wrong Fire Extinguisher



A Class BC fire extinguisher has no place in the cockpit of an aircraft. If activated, the powder residue will cause so much corrosion that the aircraft will be unairworthy.

Halon or CO2 are the only types of fire extinguishers that should be used around or on aircraft.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


  1. Even when using any dry powder extinguisher for a ground vehicle cabin fire you better be standing outside directing the discharge through an open door. The particulate is very fine, abrasive, caustic and carries a slight charge making it stick to every surface. Very un-good for eyes lungs etc, let alone the almost instant “hard IFR” effect in an enclosed cabin.


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