January 2008 Issue
What’s New in O2? A-5 flowmeters To Start
They’re much improved over the older A-4s. For upgraded regulators, we like Mountain High’s FPR. Our top choice in masks is Precise Flight’s mask/mic combo.
Not so long ago, when using oxygen in the cockpit graduated from being a nice-idea to the must-have phase, the equipment took a quantum leap forward. In case you haven’t looked recently—and we have—state-of-the-art oxygen gear is better than ever, so good, in fact, that it may be time to toss that converted medical junk and upgrade.But what to buy? To find out, we recently scanned some of the latest offerings from the top oxygen suppliers in general aviation. What we found was more choices in regulators, flowmeters, cannulas, masks, conservers and monitoring devices, all at competitive prices. In fact, since we last reviewed oxygen equipment in our August 2001 issue, the industry has almost reinvented itself, due in part to advances in the medical market.
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