Do you sometimes arrive after your flight feeling tired with a headache? You are not ill with something weird, but are suffering from the insidious effects of hypoxia. At 5,000 feet and up, hypoxia may cause the first signs of fatigue, headache, and slower reaction time. At 15,000 feet, the hypoxic effect becomes increasingly dangerous in terms of impaired efficiency, increased drowsiness and errors in judgment. The effects of hypoxia are intensified with higher ascent and prolonged exposure.
Many pilots need and use oxygen below the 12,500 feet specified in FAR 91.211 Supplemental Oxygen. One exception is night flying. Because the retina of the eye is affected by even extremely mild hypoxia, deterioration of night vision becomes significant above 5,000 feet.
One way to reduce the risk of hypoxia is a MH portable or built-in oxygen system. Oxygen can help you and your passengers arrive more comfortably, MH Oxygen officials said. You’ll be able to climb over weather, make use of tailwinds and enjoy the lighter traffic that flies above 10,000 feet.
MH has a two-person portable patented Pulse-Demand Oxygen System that consists of an aluminum oxygen cylinder, a cylinder carry case that attaches to the back of the seat, reducing regulator, service line, connection fittings, the O2D2 Controller unit, breathing cannulas, face masks, and a tote bag.