October 2010 Issue

Inogen O2 Generator: Unlimited Supply

But it comes at a high price. If you use a lot of oxygen or you’d use it more if running out weren’t a worry, this gadget is worth a look.

Most-conscious pilots (is there any other kind?) will tend to use resources with care. These days we don’t run around as much at full power, guzzling fuel, and by the same token, those of us who routinely carry an oxygen system for high-altitude flight often reserve its use for the times we feel it’s absolutely necessary. After all, getting a bottle refilled on a long trip can be a real (and expensive) pain in the, er, cannula. Shift the paradigm—say, make the oxygen available to the pilot essentially unlimited—and the usage model changes significantly. Now you don’t think twice about putting on the tube for higher-altitude flights and you can finally consider adhering to the recommendation to suck oxygen above 5000 feet MSL at night.

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