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Old June 5th 18, 02:32 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:34:31 AM UTC-7, kimobear wrote:
When traveling with a motor glider out west ( USA), what do people do, when trying to get their O2 bottles refilled?
I noticed in the notes on airport services available at smaller airport, that most have no O2 refilling services available.
Carrying a full size tank in car to fill from is not an option.

flatlander who likes O2

Many years ago I used to fill my tanks at an aviation supply place with aviation 02.
One day they informed me that they no longer offer re-fills and sent to their nearby source where they used to buy it- to get my tanks filled.
When I requested aviation oxygen the owner quoted me $30 a fill up of aviation oxygen or $15 for regular, and than he pointed to this very large tank and said "by the way they both come out of THAT container"
Old June 12th 18, 01:04 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Hoi everybody,

Just an update.
As a solution I ended up getting a small tank and an transfill hose with an pressure gauge to fill my airplane bottle when traveling. According to the calculations I should get 3 refills and then fill or exchange it on the road at welders supply.
Thanks for information to help me deciding how to solve this.

Old June 12th 18, 01:48 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Well, glad you ended up with a solution.
Thanks for closing this out.

I also learned something here, so I consider it good.
Old June 12th 18, 02:54 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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If you go to the local welding shop and they are willing to fill your bottle (vs. exchange) if they ask what you are using it for say that you are using it for live bait on your bass boat. Some shops will back off if they suspect you’re using it for aviation even though (as stated above) there is no longer any difference between ABO and “regular” O2. With the current air separation process all the moisture is removed early on. It’s all 99.999% O2 with trace other gasses.

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