3 thoughts on “The Insidious Emergency

  1. How much comes into play with a high time pilot being over confident due to a “it can’t happen to me” syndrome?

  2. Only one way to recognize hypoxia and its effects and that is to actually experience it at the flight levels. I believe it should be mandatory for every pilot to experience the hyperbaric chamber prior to acting as PIC above FL180. I have more then once and the reactions are always the same although very different from one person to the next.

  3. Perhaps it warrants mentioning that Carbon Monoxide Poisoning has similar symptoms and consequences, but Pulse Oximeters read the CO as O2 thus giving a false perception of the body’s perfusion (unless it is noninvasive pulse CO-oximeter).

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