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By James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Stayin' Alive with Pulse Oximeters


Last month we talked about the dangers of hypoxia and some procedures to avoid the potentially fatal effects of low blood oxygen levels.

Symptoms of hypoxia vary from airman to airman so it is a good idea to take a ride in a hyperbaric chamber to personally experience the real thing. Learn more at https://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/airman_education/aerospace_physiology/.

The problem is not everyone can fly down to the FAA's chamber in Oklahoma City. As an alternative you can take a trip in a so-called "portable reduced oxygen training enclosure" or PROTE. This can be transported to an FBO...

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