With an aircrew’s survival depending on how well prepared they are to handle the various challenging conditions which may arise in flight; it is highly desirable that all aircrew spend time training in an altitude chamber. The FALCON Altitude Chamber provides the capability to demonstrate and educate aircrew on the challenges associated with rapid decompression both with and without protective equipment and help prevent hyperventilation and other pressure breathing concerns.
The FALCON Altitude Chamber provides the capability to demonstrate and educate aircrew on the challenges associated with rapid decompression both with and without protective equipment and help prevent hyperventilation and other pressure breathing concerns.
The FALCON Hypobaric Chamber is an ideal platform for training and research applications for rapid pressure, temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration changes. All of these stresses can occur during high altitude flying, and an aircrew's survival may depend on how well prepared they are to handle them.
ETC's proprietary AutoFlight software enables the chamber to be flown autonomously, while creating a tightly controlled and repeatable environment corresponding to altitude variation in flight. Autoflight's control system features pre-loaded flight profiles that can be extensively customized and can be converted to manual or semi-automomtic flight mode at any time.
Trainee stations are configured for both mask-on and mask-off hypoxia training, catering to aircrew and personnel from different aircraft types and modes of operation.
A standard configuration will achieve rapid decompression by evacuating the air from the lock compartment into the unmanned main compartment through a communicating duct. Alternately, a Vacuum Tank can be installed in addition that will evacuate the air from the larger main compartment during rapid decompression, allowing a larger number of trainees to be trained simultaneously.
By ascending the Chamber to an altitude equivalent of a physiologically deficient zone, trainees can experience hypoxia in a safe and controlled manner, obtaining training that meets and exceeds the protocols adopted by various organizations, including the STANAG and USAF standards.
Through ascent and descent of the Chamber, trainees experience the effects of pressure changes associated in flight and learn how to conduct maneuvers to prevent the symptoms and barotrauma.
Rapid decompression can be experienced in the Chamber where the trainees will experience the various physical and physiological effects in rapid pressure change, as well as how to configure the oxygen system promptly in an emergency situation.
The trainees will have first hand experience and training on how to operate the aircraft oxygen systems in a realistic hypobaric and hypoxic environment.
The Chamber can be used for clinical evaluation of aircrew in a high altitude environment and research or testing of equipment, personnel or protocol involving hypobaric and hypoxic environment.