May 2008 Issue
Complete O2 Systems: Aeromedix is Top Value
But itís not quite as simple as that. We found good deals from Aerox and SkyOx, too, but features and accessories vary. Read our fine print for more.
Itís no secret serious use of a personal airplane requires climbing far above pattern and practice altitudes where the air is thinner and true airspeeds peak. That, more than anything else, may explain the veritable explosion in complete, state-of-the-art portable oxygen systems and the accessories that go with them. If your airplane doesnít have built-in oxygen, and the time and money to add it isnít in the cards, youíre a prime candidate for a portable system. Total cost for a two-user system? Under $500. But if you usually carry more people or need a few bells and whistles, things start getting complicated: The choices available from some vendors can be almost as dizzying as five hours in the teens without O2. In the January 2008 issue, we examined in detail new accessories such as regulators and cannulas, but we skipped discussing full systems. So in this article, weíre considering the whole enchilada, so to speakócomplete, in the box systems. Since we last examined this topic five years ago, the market has become more competitive and there are some excellent values out there.
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