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Features December 2014 Issue

Get Your Mask On

True quick-donning oxygen masks for pressurized aircraft are sophisticated systems that cost many thousands of dollars. Near-quick-donning alternatives like this $120 mask from Precise Flight can still be quickly and easily put on with just one hand and are a good substitute.

Get Your Mask On

Recent high-profile accidents are bringing needed attention to hypoxia. All high-flyers have oxygen on board, but can you tell when you need it, and can you get it quickly?

On September 5, 2014 the chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association, Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane were on board a Socata TBM 900 single-engine turboprop that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Jamaica. According to the NTSB preliminary report, about an hour and a half into the flight from Rochester, New York to Naples, Florida, the pilot became unresponsive after reporting an “indication that is not correct in the plane.” The fighter jet pilots who escorted the aircraft to the Cuban airspace border suspected possible hypoxia.

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