As aircraft operations move to higher altitudes, it is increasingly important to recognize the dangers of the high-altitude flight environment. Recent stories of so-called “Ghost Flights” where hypoxia in pilots have led to tragedy only bring home the danger of this phenomenon. The Altitude Awareness and Hypoxia Training course provides participants with crucial information on hypoxia, rapid decompression, Time of Useful Consciousness (TUC) and other high altitude hazards.
Classroom instruction is reinforced with practical exercises in an FAA-approved altitude chamber, enabling participants to recognize critical hypoxia symptoms, raising the overall awareness of its dangers and how to respond. Pilots also manage the effects of hypoxia and night vision and how practice recovering from a rapid decompression.
- The physical, physiological and psychological stresses of high-altitude flight
- The physiological-deficient zone (Operations above 10,000 feet MSL)
- Recognizing common hypoxia and hyperventilation symptoms
- Hypoxia and hyperventilation management
- Recovery from a rapid decompression event
- Time of Useful Consciousness (TUC)
Altitude Chamber Flights
- 25,000-foot Hypoxia demonstration flight
- 18,000 foot night vision demonstration flight
- Rapid decompression flight
Altitude and Hypoxia Awareness Training Prerequisites
- FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate or equivalent
- Trainees are expected to be in good health and capable of taking part in all activities