The NASTAR Center

As aircraft operations move to higher altitudes, the threat of hypoxia becomes even more real. Stories of “Ghost Flights” where hypoxia in pilots has led to tragedy only reinforce the danger of this phenomenon. The NASTAR Center’s Altitude Awareness and Hypoxia Training course prepares aircrew be protected against this.
Identify Individual Responses to Hypoxia
Practical application sessions allow each student to identify their own unique physiological set of responses to a hypoxic flight environment. Aircrew can not only further acquaint themselves with their own responses but those of colleagues with whom they work closely on a regular basis.
Practical Application Sessions
All course include a practical application sessions in a hypobaric chamber (not a tented area or mixed gas environment) where students are able to apply what they have learned during the academic presentations and actually experience firsthand the variety of altitude stresses and their hypoxia symptoms thereby establishing a true physiological based point of reference for going forward.
The Only US, FAA-approved chamber
The NASTAR Center is the first and only commercial facility in the USA with a Safety Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifying their chamber is suitable for providing hypoxia courses. This certification was awarded on September 11, 2012.
Classroom Based Learning
Each altitude awareness course provides the student with a comprehensive classroom based curriculum component. It is here that students learn crucial information on hypoxia, rapid decompression, Times of Useful Consciousness (TUC) and other high altitude considerations. There is ample time for questions as well as review time for more complex concepts.
Night Vision
Most pilots periodically fly during the night, in low or no light environments. During altitude awareness and hypoxia training pilots are able to experience first-hand the effects that mild hypoxia has on their ability to see at night. Mitigations for this in-flight challenge are learned and then practiced in the chamber.
Rapid Decompressions
The NASTAR Center’s altitude awareness and hypoxia training course not only prepares students for the insidious effects of hypoxia that can occur during a slow decompression, but also how to react and successfully manage a rapid decompression. Trainees experience decompressions through the use of a specialized rapid decompression chamber compartment.
Who Needs Altitude Awareness Training
Recent mishaps underscore the necessity for interactive training for aircrew of all aircraft types. Additionally, this training is especially important for commercial aircradft canbin crw since they will be the people who will need to assist the passengers.