High Altitude Training College of Aviation. Glenn Harmon, Aerospace Physiologist, Asst Professor of Aeronautical Science. High Altitude Training. Purpose: Demonstrate the symptoms and effects of hypoxia and recovery using airline-style oxygen masks.
Glenn Harmon, Aerospace Physiologist,
Asst Professor of Aeronautical Science
Purpose: Demonstrate the symptoms and effects of hypoxia and recovery using airline-style oxygen masks.
Hypoxia: Lack of oxygen in the blood or brain caused by low atmospheric pressure or content resulting in impairment or unconsciousness.
Is Hypoxia Awareness/Training Needed?
FAA Oxygen Requirements
Civilian and Airline Training
At least 18 years of age.
Hold at least a 2nd class FAA medical or equivalent.
For health and safety reasons, you must notify an instructor if you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions below:
_______ Dizziness, fainting spells, unconsciousness or seizures
_______ Eye or vision trouble (except corrective lens)
_______ Heart or vascular trouble, or anemia
_______ Upper respiratory infection, asthma or bronchitis
_______ Chest pain or shortness of breath
_______ Medications not approved for flight
_______ Recent surgery
_______ Pregnancy or you have other health concerns
Shaun Wallace, “Altitude Guru”
Normobaric Hypoxic Systems for Aviators
Humans respond to Partial Pressure of Oxygen
Atmospheric X O2 content (%) = PPO2 Pressure
No need for cylinders of nitrogen or other gasses
Self re-generating; expected life >20,000 hours use
Minimal maintenance or running costs
Dilution with hypoxic air
Oxygen extraction method
Single point of control for altitude system