January 2017 Issue

Portable Oxygen: Mountain High is Tops

Pulse oximeters reveal that most of us should use supplemental oxygen. There are lots of choices, but we think Mountain High is the most sophisticated.

The widespread availability, and use, of inexpensive pulse oximeters opened the eyes of many in the aviation community to what the aeromedical folks have been telling us for years: The FARs on oxygen give a false sense of security to pilots. Pilots who are in full compliance with the regs are often oxygen-deprived to a level that adversely affects their ability to operate the airplane. The good news is that there are a number of reasonably priced, high-quality portable oxygen systems to help protect yourself against hypoxia and make your flights safer and more comfortable.

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