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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Time of Useful Consciousness

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Roisin, I wanna

fight your father
Dec 6th, 2017 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is a great video (link below) that demonstrates why on an airplane a person should always "secure your own oxygen mask first, before helping others."

I was extremely fortunate to have served in the AF as a flyer and get to experience this same exact training once every three years. As casual as things look in the altitude chamber (you're at sea level, after all), the effects of oxygen starvation (hypoxia) are insidious and dangerous. It's drowning on dry land. In an aircraft in the sky, it's a whole 'nuther level of danger, especially when you're flying the jet.

Even when someone is telling you what to do to save your own life, you cannot do so because your brain is oxygen starved. It sneaks up on a person so quickly that even when several people are affected, nobody can do anything to save them. Remember golfer Payne Stewart's plane crash? That's what killed the Learjet's two pilots and the passengers.

As dangerous as the hypobaric chamber training is, there are plenty of controls and on-hand assistance to ensure everyone survives. Despite that, things do happen. My left eardrum blew out in a chamber training event in the late 1980s during a rapid decompression to 45K feet altitude. The docs fixed me up over the next few weeks and it works fine :o)

Smarter Every Day

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illegal is a sick bird....
Dec 6th, 2017 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good video.

I am just guessing here but I suspect that the ear drum blowing was not very pleasant.

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I detect the El Supremo
Dec 6th, 2017 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mr. Goo, I remember that Payne Stewart plane crash. I was living is Springfield, MO at the time. He was worshipped, a local hero.

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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 6th, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Payne Stewart flight was downright freaky.

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