Hypoxia is the condition that occurs when the body does not obtain substantial oxygen. Lack of oxygen is one of the most dangerous conditions at high altitudes, especially when coupled with inadequate pressure and/or temperatures. When a pilot inhales air at high altitudes, there is not enough pressure to force sufficient amounts of oxygen to the lungs, causing the function of various organs, including the brain, to be impaired.
Hypoxia is difficult to detect and, unfortunately, the nature of hypoxia makes the pilot the poorest judge of when it occurs. The first symptoms of oxygen deficiency resemble mild intoxication from alcohol. Most humans are completely unaware of this state of affairs and ‘believe’ they are fully conscious, when in actual fact they are in a comatose state.
The following suggestions can prevent hypoxia from getting a foot in your door:
Besides the aforementioned recommendations, if you want to be a modern precautionary pilot you can carry a simple electronic instrument called pulse oximeter which clips on your fingertip, measures the oxygen saturation of the blood and instantly displays it on a tiny digital screen. It works as a “hypoxia tester” and could become your inseparable ally.
Understanding air density and its effects
By Jack Williams, USATODAY.com
In simple terms, density is the mass of anything – including air – divided by the volume it occupies.
In the metric system, which scientists use, we usually measure density in terms of kilograms per cubic meter.
The air’s density depends on its temperature, its pressure and how much water vapor is in the air. We’ll talk about dry air first, which means we’ll be concerned only with temperature and pressure.
In addition to a basic discussion of air density, we will also describe the effects of lower air density – such as caused by going to high altitudes – on humans, how humidity affects air density – you might be surprised – and the affects of air density of aircraft, baseballs, and even racing cars.
Coast Flight Academy is excited to announce that we have the I-20 document capabilities!
This means that we are, now, able to flight train international students, from all over the world, in our Professional Pilot Program.
The I-20 is a document through which the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and U.S authorities differentiate between individuals who are in the United States for legitimate academic pursuits, and those who are not.
Coast Flight Academy is the only Cirrus Training Center in San Diego and we offer one of the best pilot training environments in the world so students can prepare themselves for a career in the aviation industry. Students enrolled in Coast Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot Program will receive all of their licenses/ratings, including Commercial Multi-Engine, in a matter of only 9 months. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to experience flying in every imaginable weather condition, fly in some of the busiest airspaces in the world, learn from Cirrus certified instructors and fly to a wide variety of airports in places such as Las Vegas, Tahoe and even Mexico http://iflycoast.com/destinations/.
Today is the time for you to take the step to realize your vision… and begin a new career path that will take you to new heights. If you or someone you know is interested in the Coast Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot Program. Contact us today as enrollment is limited, 858-279-4359.
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