Topics covered during the Standard Course consist of Physics of the Atmosphere, Respiration/Circulation, Hypoxia/Hyperventilation, Trapped Gas Problems, Evolved Gas Disorders, Vision, and Human Factors. All academics are taught in the morning followed by a lunch break. The altitude chamber flight profile for the Standard course consists of a FAA Type I profile to 25,000’. After each person experiences his or her individual hypoxia symptoms at this altitude, descent is made to 18,000’ where they undergo a Loss of Night Vision Acuity demonstration. This is followed by descent to ground level, a question and answer period, and the presentation of certificates.
Students taking the Enhanced Course receive additional academics that include Spatial Disorientation, Spatial Disorientation (Detailed), Cabin Pressurization, Acceleration, and Noise and Vibration. Enhanced course students receive all the features of the Standard FAA Type I flight profile, with the addition of being given an opportunity to experience an insidious onset of their hypoxia symptoms during a slow ascent from 10K’ to 18K’. At the end of this flight, each student receives a rapid decompression. This decompression is a very valuable and necessary experience for personnel that are currently flying pressurized aircraft, or will be in the future.
We recommend that individuals, who have never had altitude chamber training, or are flying or will be flying pressurized aircraft, enroll in the Enhanced course for the additional subject matter, second hypoxia experience, and rapid decompression that it offers. Individuals are still welcome to take the Standard course if they so desire. Both of our programs are FAA Part 141 certified.
A Native Air helicopter, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital’s Hyperbaric Treatment Unit, and a Flight Surgeon, are all on standby for us each time we have training activities. Courses can be modified/tailored to each customer’s unique requirements. Some of the features of our programs, such as flying Flight Simulator Programs at 25,000’, while becoming hypoxia, are only available. All academics/chamber flight profiles can be tailored to your particular operational requirements. All of our courses are taught by experienced instructors with over 65 years of combined experience in all areas of Aerospace Physiology. Our clients come from both national and international sources. We have earned a reputation with our customers for providing training that is safe, applicable to current and future industry requirements, and is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Requirements to participate in the altitude chamber flights are that you must be at least 18 years of age, and possess at a minimum a current FAA Class III Medical Certificate or its equivalent.
Without proper training in an altitude chamber it is impossible to determine how you will react to an in-flight situation that includes hypoxic conditions. The only place you can experience decompression, and your own unique hypoxia symptoms, is in the safe and controlled environment of an altitude chamber. No matter how many books you read that describe hypoxia symptoms, you will not be prepared or safe until you actually experience it yourself. Your TUC (Time of Useful Consciousness) following a loss of pressurization at altitudes above 35,000 feet, can be as short as 5 seconds before you pass out!!! Altitude chamber training equips you with the knowledge and practical experience to be able to recognize and prevent unfortunate events as befell Pane Stewart and the personnel aboard his aircraft, and the passengers and crew aboard the Helios Airways 737-300 Airliner.