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Flying Above 8K in Unpressured Aircraft: Health Risks
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Aviation Gateway Park
Presenter: Jim Ruttler
Modern piston aircraft are pushing previous altitude boundaries with flights easily reaching near the flight levels. Flights above 8,000 are desirable to avoid terrain, clear airspace, find tailwinds, access radio signals, and steer clear of traffic. Yet, these benefits come with health risks that every pilot should understand. The most commonly known risk is hypoxia, which increases at altitude from carbon monoxide, low atmospheric pressure, and low oxygen levels. A less well known risk is heart stress from surges in pulse rate and increases in blood pressure that occur to compensate for lower oxygen in your body. We will help make your next flight safer with a pilot-centric review of these health risks and recommendations for creating personal maximums for mid-altitude flight.