Statistics indicate that human factor errors are involved in 85% of aircraft accidents. A number of these accidents have been the result of hypoxia. Coast Flight Training is one, of only a few, flight schools that offers a High-Altitude Chamber Training Course for its students.
Hypoxia is referred to when our bodies are deprived of oxygen. For pilots, hypoxia can happen at altitudes as low as 5,000 ft. This is why it is imperative that pilots stay aware and be able to detect hypoxia, not only on themselves, but with their passengers as well. Hypoxia symptoms range from person to person; however, the most common symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea, with all symptoms ultimately ending with unconsciousness, if drastic measures aren’t taken immediately.
The High-Altitude Chamber Training Course is designed to let pilots experience hypoxia in a controlled and safe environment. Students will spend the day learning about hypoxia and its effects on the body and mind, as well as taking a “flight” in the hyperbaric chamber to experience hypoxia first hand. Pilots, who successfully finish the high-altitude course, will be able to:
-identify the signs and symptoms of hypoxia and how to recognize when your body is exhibiting these signs
-determine the appropriate emergency procedures that will allow quick and accurate treatment of your hypoxia symptoms
-recognize the symptoms of hypoxia exhibited by others; and
-establish preventive measures to help you avoid suffering from hypoxia and other high-altitude problems
Hypoxia, although easily resolved, is not as easily detected. This, ultimately, life ending medical condition can rapidly take a turn for the worse if not addressed and tackled immediately. It is important for pilots to be able to detect the signs of hypoxia in themselves as well as their passengers in order avoid this tragic destiny. Don’t be another statistic…. Learn how to recognize, respond and treat your individual hypoxia symptoms before it’s too late.